"VISIONARY REALITIES: A Brief History of Documentary Cinema in China" by Ying Qian

Event Date: 
5 June 2017 - 6:00pm


A Brief History of Documentary Cinema in China


For most of the twentieth century, documentary film was produced and viewed at much larger scales in China than its fictional counterpart, circulating beyond movie theaters into all arenas of social and political life.  By excavating moving images from arenas conventionally considered quite separate from cinema, Columbia scholar, Dr. Ying Qian, will present a historical survey of China’s rich and evolving documentary tradition from the early 20th century to contemporary independent productions, from Russo-Japanese war newsreels to ethnographic documentaries enforcing ethnic classification in the early People’s Republic of China, and from documentaries training industrial workers in the Great Leap Forward to reels of “documentary evidence” supporting the “Gang of Four” trial.


June 5, 2017, 6 p.m.
Venue: Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai
12, Maker Chambers VI, 1st Floor,
Jamnalal Bajaj Road,
Nariman Point | Mumbai

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Ying Qian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. Her research interests include film and media theories and practices, non-fiction cinema in comparative perspectives, and global histories and imaginaries of revolution, socialism and post-socialism. She is completing a book manuscript entitled Visionary Realities: Documentary Cinema in Revolutionary China, which studies documentary aesthetics and epistemology in China’s 20th century, and uses documentary as a prism to investigate intertwined histories of media practice, industrial modernity and revolutionary politics. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2013, and was a journalist and documentary filmmaker before entering academia.

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