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China Hub Film Series: China through the Lens

Friday, November 18, 2016
5:15 pm
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Perreault Hall- Lower

Released in 1993, Tian Zhuangzhuang’s “The Blue Kite” is considered to be one of the several controversial films produced by China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers. Along with films like “Farewell My Concubine” and “To Live”, “The Blue Kite” bravely exposes how the actions of the Chinese Communist Party had been detrimental to the lives of the ordinary Chinese citizens. By serving as a reminder to its viewers about the negative plight that the Chinese have experienced during the Maoist era, films like this are powerful tools that could be used to socialize Chinese citizens to question the practices of its government. In fact, it could even be considered as propaganda against the government. Given that it posed a threat to the existence of the communist government of China, this film was banned from being shown in China. Consequently, Tian was also banned from making films for six years. However, the film still gained international recognition by being awarded as the Best Feature film in the Hawaii International Film Festival (1993), Gran Prix in the Tokyo International Film Festival (1993), and Best Foreign Film in the Independent Spirit Awards (1995). The movie highlights the uncertainties of life during the Maoist era.
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