Event type: Lecture
Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: F23 Administration Building Auditorium, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available within the University next to the building, at the New Law Building carpark, behind RPA, at Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.
From war newsreels to ethnographic documentaries; from labour training films to documentary evidence in courtrooms – for most of the 20th century, documentary films were produced and viewed at much larger scales in China than their fiction counterparts, circulating beyond movie theatres into all arenas of social and political life.
Drawing from her book manuscript, Professor Ying Qian in this lecture offers a brief introduction to China’s evolving documentary tradition, with focus on two examples in particular: a new hybrid genre of artistic documentaries that blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction during the Great Leap Forward, and a set of films made about ethnic minority societies that consolidated ethnic classification and rehearsed state dominance between 1955 and 1965.
This talk approaches documentary cinema as a prism through which to investigate the intertwined histories of media technology, social practice and political contention in China’s 20th century. It reconsiders the nature of cinema and its locations in society.
Image: still from film, Huangbaomei (1958).
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