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Author: Matt Turner

Steady Rise of Chinese Documentaries: Report from IDFA

Documentary filmmaking has been flourishing in China for a number of years, but in the last year or so it has achieved much more international visibility, with festivals programming Chinese documentaries with more frequency as their critical reception broadens. The most obvious demonstration is the work of one of the world’s greatest working documentarians, Wang Bing who, after producing titan length documentaries since 2003’s Tie Xi Qu, has of late seen something of a second wave. In just over 12 months, he has had three documentaries (Ta’ang, Bitter Money and Mrs Fang) at festivals, an extensive retrospective at Kassel’s...

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