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Independent Chinese Documentary: Alternative Visions, Alternative Publics

Dan Edwards


Since the turn of the twenty-first century there has been an explosion in Chinese independent documentary filmmaking. But how are we to understand this vibrant burst of activity? Are these films brave expressions of dissidence, or do they point to a more complex attempt to expand the terms of public discourse in the People’s Republic? This timely study is based on detailed interviews with Chinese documentary makers rarely available in English, and insights gained by the author while working as a journalist in Beijing. It considers the relationship between independent documentaries and China’s ... More

Keywords: Chinese documentary, independent, China, public sphere, alternative public sphere, film, television

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748695621
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Edwards, author
University of Melbourne and Monash University