Performing Gender, Performing Documentary in Post-socialist China

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Abstract

In the 1980s and early 1990s the People’s Republic of China saw the fluorescence of independent documentary filmmaking. Wu Wenguang, Duan Jinchuan, Zhang Yuan and Jiang Yue launched a wave of documentary filmmaking commonly referred to as the Chinese New Documentary Movement. The movement’s filmmakers generally reject the official tradition of newsreels and
zhuanti pian (literally, special topic films), which are characterized by images compiled in accordance with pre-written scripts, and by directly addressing the audience from a grand, top-down angle (Berry 2007: 115–134). Rather, they highlight a sense of immediacy and an “unscripted spontaneity” (Berry 2007: 122), showing a deep concern for “civilian life” from a “personal standpoint” (Lu 2003: 14–15, 335). Distancing themselves from official discourses, they choose to document the lives of ordinary people, especially those on the margins of society, such as peasants, migrant workers, the homeless, the elderly, the
homosexual, etc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAs Normal As Possible: Negotiating Sexuality and Gender in Mainland China and Hong Kong
EditorsChing YAU
PublisherHong Kong University Press
Chapter9
Pages151-176
ISBN (Print)9789622099869, 9789622099876
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameQueer Asia Series

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