Filming the Everyday: Independent Documentaries in Twenty-First-Century China

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781442270237: Filming the Everyday: Independent Documentaries in Twenty-First-Century China
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

This cutting-edge book examines the rapidly developing scene of Chinese independent documentary, arguably the most courageous player in contemporary Chinese visual culture. The authors explore two areas that are of special interest to China studies and film studies, respectively: (1) filming the everyday in twenty-first-century China to foreground contestation and diversity and (2) exploring the aesthetic of remembering in an embodied documentary practice, which turns the gaze on artists themselves and encourages the viewer’s engagement with the filmed subjects and environment. Highlighting documentary contestation in China, the book traces its cacophony of expressions, some of it featuring confrontations with domineering elites, some of it highlighting negotiations among the independent filmmakers themselves. Their goal is not a “movement” that seeks to establish and impose a single truth, but rather a creative dynamic that fosters a community of tolerance and respects diverse forms of expression. Independent documentary is quite literally a moving target that is witnessing ongoing and widening diversity and complexity when it comes to directors, themes, aesthetics, human subjects, audiences, and impact. The authors stress the enormous potential of cultural production that features non-elites (including amateurs) and that dwells on the everyday, the bottom up, the grassroots, the seemingly mundane, and the apparently marginal. The book’s emphasis on contemporary issues and its discussion of aesthetic experiments will appeal to all readers interested in China’s culture, media, politics, and society.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Yingjin Zhang is Distinguished Professor of Literature and Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Review:

Given the increasing restrictions on the public sphere in China, the unofficial voices represented by independent documentary filmmakers have become a major source for understanding China's past and present, and they serve as a crucial corrective to the uniformity of state-sanctioned packaging of the historical and everyday realities of grassroots China. In honoring the very considerable achievements of Wu Wenguang's commitment to promoting amateur and community voices that are distinct from 'official China' or elite intellectuals, this volume introduces readers to the richness, diversity, and complexity of a China seldom visible from other sources. It builds upon the previous excellent work by Pickowicz and Zhang and should be of great interest to anyone in Chinese studies or film studies. (Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California)

If you wanted to understand the actual conditions inside a large American corporation, would you look to an expensive infomercial from the office of the CEO or to amateur footage from the cell phones of dozens of unorganized but concerned employees? There is a parallel in China, where makers of independent documentary films are revealing unrehearsed life that state-sponsored film, by its nature, is obliged to conceal. China-watchers take note. (Perry Link, University of California, Riverside)

This cutting-edge book examines the rapidly developing scene of Chinese independent documentary, arguably the most courageous intervention in contemporary Chinese visual culture. The authors explore two areas that are of special interest to China studies and film studies, respectively: (1) filming the everyday in twenty-first-century China to foreground contestation and diversity and (2) exploring the aesthetic of remembering in an embodied documentary practice, which turns the gaze on artists themselves and encourages the viewer’s engagement with the filmed subjects and environment. The book’s emphasis on contemporary issues and its discussion of aesthetic experiments will appeal to all readers interested in China’s culture, media, politics, and society.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781442270244: Filming the Everyday

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1442270241 ISBN 13:  9781442270244
Publisher: Rl, 2016
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN 10: 1442270233 ISBN 13: 9781442270237
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1442270233 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2122936160

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 79.37
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

PICKOWICZ/ZHANG
Published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
ISBN 10: 1442270233 ISBN 13: 9781442270237
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1442270233

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 82.79
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

PICKOWICZ/ZHANG
Published by RL (2018)
ISBN 10: 1442270233 ISBN 13: 9781442270237
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description RL, 2018. Hardback. Condition: NEW. 9781442270237 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Print on Demand title, produced to the highest standard, and there would be a delay in dispatch of around 10 working days. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE01264986

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 79.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.27
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Published by ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 1442270233 ISBN 13: 9781442270237
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD, United States, 2016. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This cutting-edge book examines the rapidly developing scene of Chinese independent documentary, arguably the most courageous player in contemporary Chinese visual culture. The authors explore two areas that are of special interest to China studies and film studies, respectively: (1) filming the everyday in twenty-first-century China to foreground contestation and diversity and (2) exploring the aesthetic of remembering in an embodied documentary practice, which turns the gaze on artists themselves and encourages the viewer's engagement with the filmed subjects and environment. Highlighting documentary contestation in China, the book traces its cacophony of expressions, some of it featuring confrontations with domineering elites, some of it highlighting negotiations among the independent filmmakers themselves. Their goal is not a "movement" that seeks to establish and impose a single truth, but rather a creative dynamic that fosters a community of tolerance and respects diverse forms of expression.Independent documentary is quite literally a moving target that is witnessing ongoing and widening diversity and complexity when it comes to directors, themes, aesthetics, human subjects, audiences, and impact. The authors stress the enormous potential of cultural production that features non-elites (including amateurs) and that dwells on the everyday, the bottom up, the grassroots, the seemingly mundane, and the apparently marginal. The book's emphasis on contemporary issues and its discussion of aesthetic experiments will appeal to all readers interested in China's culture, media, politics, and society. Seller Inventory # BTE9781442270237

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 107.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

ISBN 10: 1442270233 ISBN 13: 9781442270237
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
AussieBookSeller
(Lidcombe, NSW, Australia)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. This cutting-edge book examines the rapidly developing scene of Chinese independent documentary, arguably the most courageous player in contemporary Chinese visual culture. Th.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 212 pages. 0.440. Seller Inventory # 9781442270237

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 133.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 37.00
From Australia to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2016)
ISBN 10: 1442270233 ISBN 13: 9781442270237
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016. Hardcover. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1442270233n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 295.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds