Recent Citizen Video
Ai Weiwei Workshop conducted the interview in 2010 with Liu Yuting, a mother of a child victim of the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008. Liu's child death was resulted from the collapse of Beichuan High School. The video was released last month on 12 April 2013 and Seeing red in China published the full translation of the interview in 2013 mother's day.
How does China’s re-education-through-labor system “reform” its detainees? In this film, petitioner Liu Hua provides an insight through her personal experience. A 51-year-old farmer from Shenyang, Liaoning, Liu Hua fell victim to retaliation after she and her husband Yue Yongjin exposed the embezzlement of a large portion of collectively owned funds by their local village Party secretary and other senior officials.
Li Ning and Body Art Guerrilla Group, Made-in-J Town, is frustrated with the extra fee for selecting the schools imposed onto the parents by elementary schools. They believe it is a form of corruption and want to protest against it with action art. In 2008, Li Ning wrapped himself with red tape and tied an amplifier on his body, playing slogan in front of a school. Police officers appeared accusing him of moral corruption...
Li Ning and Body Art Guerrilla Group, Made-in-J Town planned an action art in a Jinan highway in 2008. They wanted to create a fuss by spreading paper money in the highway. They had successfully escaped from the police and recorded their performance on tape.
2008 is the year of Beijing Olympic. In order to show the strength of the country, demolition had taken place in all major cities. Even though Jinan was not the hosting city, the scale of demolition and re-development had been huge. Li Ning and Body Art Guerrilla Group, Made-in-J Town, produced a short video showing the Olympic Torch relay in Jinan and the demolition. In the video, Li Ning performs the flesh and blood in the demolition scene, which creates a sharp contrast with the propaganda of the torch relay.
Qian Yunhui, a head of Zhaiqiao village in Yueqing city, Wenzhou was killed by a truck at around 9am on December 25, 2010. Several villagers claimed that Qian was murdered but the official investigation claimed that the incident was a pure accident. Back in 2011, Ai Weiwei workshop interviewed several concern citizens who visited the scene to conduct citizen investigation, and the mother of one of the villager, Qian Chengyu who is a witness to the incident but sentenced to one year and eight months imprisonment for spreading rumor, as well as the father of Qian Yunhui.
Around 1000 Guangzhou city gathered outside Southern Weekly's building on January 7, 2013 to express their support for the editors and journalists of Southern Weekly. They are angry at the propaganda department's brutal intervention on the daily operation of the newspapers, in particular on the censorship of on new year greeting editorial and the taking over of Southern Weekly's official Weibo account for issuing distort statement about the "new year greeting incident".
December 28, 2012 is the birthday of the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is still in prison now. Several netizens, Hu Jia, Hao Jian, Liu Di, Xu Youyu and etc, who are friends of Liu Xiaobo came to visit his wife Liu Xia at around 9pm. Liu Xia has been under house detention since Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to imprisonment in 2008. The action is to express their wish for her freedom.
The video shows a protest by the resident of Chaoyang district in Beijing against the route of the Shenyang-Beijing Express Train on December 9, 2012.
In response to the repression of Tibetan language, culture and religion as well as the self-immolation incidents in Tibetan autonomous region in China, a number of Hong Kong activists speak in front of the video camera to express their support from the Tibetan' youth's struggle for autonomy. Some of them also criticize the central government's policy in Hong Kong and the erosion of one-country-two-systems after the handover of Hong Kong to China.
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