• Year: 2015
  • Duration: 79 minutes
  • Country: China
  • Language: Chinese with English and Mandarin Subtitle

Film Director(s)

Wang Wo

Film Synopsis:

Overnight, the 11th annual Independent Film Festival in the capital city of China was banned. It ended before it ever began. We follow the rapid sequence of events from the cutting off of the building’s water and electricity supply to the seizure of all festival property. What exactly threatens the organisers of cultural events in a country where artistic liberty is considered a crime? Will they succumb or will the screenings still take place? A look behind the scenes of the festival organisation and the steps taken after it was cancelled is tensely recorded using authentic footage, mainly from the mobile phones of the organisers, film makers, activists and passers-by.

Freedom Talk: Film Festivals: Risks and Resistance

Film festivals around the world constantly face the risk of being closed down or stopped when the authorities arbitrarily decide their films are dangerous, inappropriate or sensitive to national security. This session will feature several experienced festival organizers from Asia and Europe who will share stories of the challenges they face and how they were tackled. We will also seriously reflect on what is at stake if festivals are arbitrarily controlled or disallowed.

Film Screening

  • Date: 2 September 2017
  • Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Session: 1

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