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An Overview Of The Chinese Independent Documentary Screening Series In Tokyo



In this brief commentary by Tsuchiya Masaaki, he looks back on a screening series that he co-hosted, spanning across 17 events in 2018 and 2019 (prior to the COVID-19 pandemic). The Chinese independent documentaries he programmed tended to focus on untold stories of social minorities, as well as the traumatic experiences in PRC history, such as the Cultural Revolution, told from personal and alternative perspectives. When screened, these works were often accompanied by subtitles translated by Tsuchiya and filmmakers in panel discussions. Tsuchiya has been a major advocate of director Hu Jie, and gained valuable experience facilitating many of his screenings.