Tibetan Exiles Grow Impatient - India (1998)

Monks describe how they were imprisoned, interrogated and tortured inside Tibet. They claim the Chinese persecution in Tibet is getting worse. Only in the refuge of Dharamsala can Tibetan culture truly flourish. We meet young Tibetan exiles who are training up for a physical assault against the Chinese. They say the Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way' of peaceful negotiation is getting no response from the Chinese. They fear that time is running out for Tibetan culture. And now with the arrival of the Karmapa Lama in India, their anxieties can only grow over a possible Chinese security crackdown in Tibet. Also available: Key footage revealing violence of Chinese occupation: Tibetan Monks are beaten by Chinese Police.

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CCTV-9 Propaganda Documentaries (2008/2009)

Following the 2008 Tibet Unrest, China's official international broadcaster, CCTV-9, began airing a series of documentaries about Tibet. The spin was that China's role in Tibet has been positive and that it has resulted in economic development and the abolition of the traditional system of serfdom.

No matter which side of the line you stand on the Tibet issue, these documentaries offer an insight into the official Chinese line and the art of producing propaganda documentaries.

Time of Reform - 50 Years of Democratic Reform of Tibet

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HOME (2009)

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

Faster and faster, in the last 60 years, the earth's population has almost tripled, and over 2 billion people have moved to the cities. Faster and faster, Shenzhen in China, with its hundreds of skyscrapers and millions of inhabitants, was just a small fishing village barely 40 years ago.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

HOME has been made for you: share it and act for the planet.

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African boots in Beijing

A documentary film by Luke Mines and Jeremy Goldkorn about Afrika United, a team of Africans playing in a football championship league in Beijing, China.

The Yellow River (5 DVD Boxset)

Yellow River is the origin of Chinese culture where human trace of dozens of ten thousand years ago and sites of Neolithic Age have been found. It has been cultural , economical and political center of China for a long historical period since the age of the class society and is regarded as the cradle of Chinese nation. China' Yellow River is a symbol of national spirits of constantly striving to became stronger, which feeds the nation with glorious and magnificent civilizations. Follow the expedition to find the source of Yellow River and follow its entire 5500 kilometers journey to the sea in this 10 episodes (5 DVD Boxset): 1) The River's source, 2) Down River, 3) the Taer Temple, 4) Chinese Moslems of The Upper Basin, 5) The Nomads, 6) The Underground Dwellers, 7) The Cradle of Chinese Civilization, 8) Taming the Dragon, 9) The Path of Buddha, and 10) The River reaches Bohai Bay.

Medical Mecca (2004)

A controversial treatment using the stem cells of aborted foetuses is producing remarkable results. Many desperate patients see it as their only hope.

They come from all over the world in search of miracles. "We heard that people were coming over to China and they were getting better," explains Mike Thomas. "They were walking again, talking again, breathing again." China's lax safety regulations and different ethical considerations have enabled Dr Huang Hongyun to blaze a trail in this field. He is the only doctor in the world to inject stem cells directly into the brains or spinal cords of ALS suffers or paraplegics. His work has turned two pieces of conventional medical wisdom on their head -- that spinal injuries are untreatable and that ALS is impossible to stabilise. For the first time ever, Dr Huang has allowed tv cameras to film the extraordinary surgical procedure. In the words of patient Laura Jackson, "He does miracles here."

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China Under Mao 1940s-1970s

This video contains two films documenting life in China under the rule of Mao. The first film, (approx. 33 min) is a Chinese propaganda film produced in 1966. It is narrated in both Chinese and English. The focus is on the cultural, industrial, and military accomplishments of the Chinese people under the guidance of Mao and the communist party. Includes excellent footage of the Chinese atom bomb explosion. The second film documents Mao's military and political career from 1944-1971.

Electronic Trash in China

Electronic Trash Village - China (2007)

Every year, 35 million tonnes of electronic waste is exported to China to be scrapped. There the rubbish is broken down by hand, poisoning workers and polluting the environment. "Smoke from the computers is too strong to breathe", complains one disposal worker. "I feel dizzy and can't see any more". Many employees at the electronic disposal plant suffer from respiratory illness or skin diseases. They work for ten hours a day, with no protection from the hazardous chemicals.

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China's Pollution Busters - China (2007)

In the past six years, infant birth defects in China have increased by an unprecedented 40%. This rise is being blamed on pollution from factories. Now green campaigners are taking on the multinationals.

"The untreated waste is pumped out secretly at night", states activist Wu Deng Ming, pointing at a water outlet leading from a factory into a river. "People living along the river have enlarged livers", claims one local. They suffer from: "loss of appetite or cancer and all sorts of terminal diseases". Although strong laws governing pollution exist, these are regularly flouted. "Some local officials give protection to polluters", claims Ma Jun. In an attempt to put pressure on polluters, campaigners are naming and shaming guilty companies online. "We let people know that this company, with such a popular brand, is violated waste water discharge standards". There are also signs that central government is taking the problem more seriously. "The state is very serious about environmental problems", states official Zhou Linbo. Some factories have been closed down. But strong resistance to change still exists. "Polluting factories hire hooligans to deal with people they believe will damage their reputation", claims Wu Deng Ming. Other companies threaten to relocate to Vietnam or Indonesia where; "we can still discharge more of less freely".

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Classic 50's and 60's Communism Films - an Exploration of Communism and Despotism in the Soviet Union and China and Other Totalitarian Regimes

This is a great collection of classic Communism and alternative government viewpoints films. They show the inside story of Communism in the 50's and 60's and contrast it with Capitalism and various forms of despotic governments. This collection has a run time of 1 hour 15 minutes.

Here are the films that make up this collection: Communism - 1952 - an educational film on the Russian Communism, the cold war and its effects around the world.; The War We Are In Part II - Communism Vs Capitalism - 1962 - This is the 2nd part of a lecture given by Dr. George S. Benson, President of Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas comparing and contrasting Communism and Capitalism and discussing the dangers Communism presented to our future.; Red China Newsreel - 1959 - Film clips made by communist cameraman in China, shows Mao and other candidates in election of National People's Congress, with massive show in Peking of dancers and balloons.; The Challenge of Ideas - 1961 - John Wayne, Edward R. Murrow and other notables discuss the ideological battle between U.S. and Soviet Union.; Despotism - 1946 - an exploration of the various forms of government based on their organization and the freedoms given to people under the various types of regimes.

National Archives and Records Administration - China Film Archives

Experience the American Journey through the country's visual heritage in this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United States. This film explores the industry and culture of the cities of Tianjin and Beijing.

These historical recordings from the National Archives may contain variations in audio and video quality based on the limitations of the original source material.

Biography - Genghis Khan

At the height of his power his empire extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Persian Gulf. But while none question his military brilliance his abilities as a statesman and ruler are often overlooked.Genghis Khan was quite simply one of the most effective rulers in human history. He fashioned his nomadic armies into the greatest fighting force the world had ever seen and extended his empire to the furthest corners of Asia and into Europe in a series of brilliant and devastating campaigns. BIOGRAPHYR travels to Asia on the trail of the great conqueror and traces his exploits through extensive location footage expert testimony and period art and artifacts. Discover how his empire was so well controlled that a traveler could go from one end of it to the other in safety and relive the epic battles that secured his place among the greatest conquerors in history.From the plains of Mongolia to the pages of history this is the riveting story of Genghis Khan.

Production Line to Picket Line (2009)

Computers, clothes and toys once poured off China's production lines, destined for the West. Now the factories are closed, millions are out of work and Chinese officials fear serious political unrest.

All of the orders vanished' says Tanley, the owner of a toy factory in Dong Guan, known as 'the factory of the world'. He's seen factory upon factory close since the autumn of last year. Often, owners flee without paying their staff. 'The local government had to pay the workers' Tanley says. For the 30 million Chinese now thought to be unemployed, there is no safety net. But the government is stepping in to control the large protests evolving out of sudden plant closures. 'We all know the workers are working in the worst situation in the world' says radio DJ and former Tiananmen Square protester, Han. But he believes the crisis has forced the government to address labour rights. 'It's a bad image to arrest workers for going on strike for legal payment - they don't want to exacerbate the tensions' he says. It's 60 years since the communists came to power and 20 years since the massacre at Tiananmen Square. Now at the sharp end of this economic crisis, the government is doing everything it can to prevent a revolt. 'This is progress in the absence of genuine democracy, a more tolerant authoritarian regime.'

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Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth & Sea

Epic sweep and intimate details flow together as Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea paints the story of Temujin (Takashi Sorimachi), the man who became Genghis Khan. Though the movie starts before Temujin was born, follows his rise from outcast adolescent to charismatic chief, and ends when the newly anointed Khan marches on the Great Wall of China with the unified Mongol tribes in lockstep behind him, the story doesn't lurch and stumble with every leap in time. Surprisingly, given that empire-building is usually depicted as a boys-only activity, the female characters are as well-drawn as the male; Temujin's mother and first wife are central to this warrior's life and their trials illustrate the volatile conflicts between the tribes. As with any vast epic, To the Ends of the Earth and Sea has its moments of cheese--there's a traumatic death towards the end that is pure melodrama (and historically questionable) and the closing love song is Celine-Dion-worthy--but they're exceptions. Most of To the Ends of the Earth and Sea evokes a raw and brutal world and of the politics and rituals that develop to give life meaning. And of course there are spectacular battle scenes, full of rugged cavalry charging the field and warriors tumbling from their horses, felled by arrows or swords. All in all, a meaty and satisfying blockbuster.

China Slowdown (2009)

Chinas economy is in danger. We travel to Dongguan, the Southern market city known as the workshop of the world to discover just how the global financial crisis is bringing down the Asian Giant.

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