Workshop Chinese Indie Docu Film and Censorship @ FAMU


The FAMU workshop on 9 March 2018 (14-17:00) will introduce the most important independent documentary films from the past 30 years in PRC while also explaining how Chinese censorship influences the work of many artists, filmmakers and writers who are forced to work outside the official system. The situation has grown especially difficult within the past 5 years since the new CCP Chairman and President, Xi Jinping rose to power in autumn of 2012.




The workshop will be lead by Haruna Honcoop who spent the winter semester 2017-2018 at Beijing Film Academy where she conducted research on recent Chinese independent documentary film. She is a graduate in Sinology from Charles University in Prague, spent 2 years as Chinese language student at Beijing Language University (2005-2006) and Taiwan University in Taipei (2007-2008), and is currently an MA student at CAS FAMU. She has won the award for best experimental short documentary at This Human World in Vienna in 2016 for her short, “True or False”; a documentary film about Sino-Czech postwar relations and is currently working on her new documentary film about the current state of Beijing’s stadiums from the 2008 Olympics.

Chinese documentary filmmaker and ex-programmer of Beijing Independent Documentary Festival, Zhu Rikun, will be the workshop guest lecturer. He is one of the key figures of a complex network of independent documentary filmmakers in present-day China. His cinéma vérité style documentary films “Questioning” (2012), “The Dossier” (2014), “Dust” (2015), “Welcome” (2016) were screened and awarded internationally and his new documentary film “Anni” (2018) will have it’s world premiere at Jeden svět 2018 / One World 2018 Film Festival in Prague on 9 March at 18:00 at Ponrepo cinema right after the workshop.

~9 March 2018, 14:00-17:00, followed by a screening at Ponrepo Cinema (Zhu Rikun’s film Anni – 18:00)
~FAMU screening room (1st floor), Smetanovo nábřeží 2, Prague 1
~Language of instruction: English
~Free entry (capacity 70 seats)

Recommended reading:
(Books available in the library Knihovna FAMU)
– Daniel Biltereyst, Roel Vande Winkel (eds.), Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013
– Paul G. Pickowicz, Yingjin Zhang (eds.), Filming the Everyday: Independent Documentaries in Twenty-First-Century China, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016
– Zhang Zhen (ed.): The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century, Durham: Duke University Press, 2007
– Matthew D. Johnson, Luke Vulpiani, Keith B. Wagner, Kiki Tianqi Yu (eds.): China’s iGeneration: Cinema and Moving Image Culture for the Twenty-First Century, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014
– Luke Robinson: Independent Chinese documentary: From the Studio to the Street. London and Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
– Haruna Honcoop, 2016. Nechodit naráz dvěma cestami: Rozhovor s dokumentaristou a filmovým kurátorem Ču Ž’-kchunem. (One cannot walk two paths at the same time – an interview with a documentary curator and filmmaker Zhu Rikun), Cinepur, no. 106, pp. 62-66.

The workshop is an outcome of “Chinese Documentary Film in the context of Censorship” FAMU SGS project, supported by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic in 2017. Workshop is also supported by Mezinárodní sinologické centrum Chiang Ching-kuovy nadace při UK (International Sinological Center at Charles University) and Jeden svět / One World Festival in Prague.

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