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Chinese Documentaries : From Dogma to Polyphony - Yingchi Chu

Chinese Documentaries

From Dogma to Polyphony

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In China, unlike in Western cinema, documentary film, rather than fiction film, has been the dominant mode since 1949. In recent years, documentary TV programmes have experienced a meteoric rise. Arguing that there is a gradual process of 'democratization' in the media, in which documentaries play a significant role,  this book discusses various types of Chinese documentaries, under both the planned and the market economy. It especially explores the relationship between documentaries and society, showing how, under the market economy, although the government continues to use the genre as propaganda to promote its ideologies and policies, documentaries are being used as a medium where public concerns and alternative voices can be heard.

Introduction : writing about Chinese documentaries -- The documentary genre and Chinese documentaries -- Nationalism and the birth of Chinese documentary -- The dogmatic formula -- Media reform, documentary programming, and the new citizen -- Documenting the law -- Documenting the minorities -- The many voices of Chinese documentary -- Conclusion : documentary as critical discourse.

ISBN: 9780203099674
ISBN-10: 9781317936947
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 29th June 2007