The fifth issue of Chinese Independent Cinema Observer is titled ‘The Chinese Independent Documentary Movement Revisited’. It includes interviews with some twenty significant Chinese independent documentary filmmakers, aiming to explore their creative journeys and the development of their aesthetic ideas, as well as presenting some new perspectives on their work, and new historical material. The Chinese version of this issue was originally published in Jintian (Today), as issue 3, no. 131, 2021, with Wang Xiaolu, one of the editors of our journal, as the guest editor. Today, founded in December 1978, is China’s first grassroots periodical, with the poet Bei Dao as editor-in-chief. Chinese Independent Cinema Observer has translated the Today issue into English and published it as a special issue.