China Now: Independent Visions
in China grew dramatically after the mid-1990s, as controls on expression were
relaxed and digital technologies reduced the barriers to production, however as
official control over the media has become tighter in the past five years, news
reporting and film-making alike have been more closely monitored.
Between 2003 and 2014,
the Beijing Independent Film Festival showcased the work of film-makers who
worked outside the official production and distribution system. The high
profile of the festival, and its screenings of works on sensitive social and
political subjects caused a rising number of challenges, culminating in the
forced closure of the festival by the Chinese authorities and the confiscation it’s
archive of independent films.
These films were all
due to be shown at the 2014 Festival, and are now presented as part of the
touring series China Now: Independent Visions, as a co-presentation of
the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, and Cinema
On The Edge.