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Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor Emeritus 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.
Part I: Cultural Context
1. Introduction: Documenting China Independently, by Paul G. Pickowicz and Yingjin Zhang
2. Who’s Afraid of the Documentary Camera? Refiguring Reality, Memory, and Power in Chinese Independent Documentary, by Yingjin Zhang
3. For Whom Does the Director Speak? The Ethics of Representation in Documentary Film Criticism, by Yomi Braester,
Part II: Rural Reconfigurations
4. From Root-Searching to Grassroots: Returning to the Countryside in Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Independent Documentary Film, by Angie Chau
5. Zou Xueping’s Postsocialist Homecoming, by Paul G. Pickowicz
Part III: Embodied Filmmaking
6. Looking Back while Marching Forward: Reconfiguration of Selfhood in the Folk Memory Project, by Tong Wang
7. The Memory Project and Other Ways of Knowing: Filmmaking, Affect, and Embodied Knowledge, by Laura Kissel
Part IV: Documentary Enactments
8. Gendering Intersubjectivity in New Chinese Documentary: Feminist Multiplicity and Vulnerable Masculinity in Postsocialist China, by Alvin Wong
9. From Bumming to Roaming: Xu Tong’s The Drifters Trilogy, by Yiman Wang
10. Documenting through Reenacting: Revisiting the Performative Mode in Chinese Independent Documentaries, by Hongjian Wang
Appendix: Michael Berry, “Memory/Document: In Dialogue with Wu Wenguang’s Memory Project”
About the Contributors
Praise for From Underground to Independent:
A welcome addition to scholarship on contemporary non-state Chinese filmmaking and its context both in China and globally. . . . This accessible book should appeal to a broad audience. Highly Recommended.
— Choice Reviews
Praise for From Underground to Independent:
A useful collection, with a good balance of established and emerging academic talent amongst its authors. . . . The book offers a readable and stimulating set of thoughts on the meaning of independence in a post-Mao cinematic environment, on the continuities of style and narrational techniques across Chinese film history, and on the ways in which film articulates the delicate play between ideas of freedom and the realities of control in contemporary China.
— China 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
- Represents the most current research on independent documentary filmmaking in today’s China
-Engages directly with Wu Wenguang’s Memory Project and evaluates its works in terms of historical context, artistic experiment, and ethical challenge
- Combines China studies and film studies methodologies
- Emphasizes the controversial issues of memories of past traumas
- Focuses on the grassroots and the everyday lives of non-elites