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The last decade has brought an extraordinary wave of remarkable documentaries from China, many of them revealing the social and political transformations thathave occurred as the country has become an economic giant, and that have often taken a grave toll on the lives of its citizens. PETITION, filmed over the course of more than 10 years, is among the very finest of these often heroic attempts to bear witness. Since 1996, Zhao has documented the 'petitioners' who come from all over China to
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This guerrilla-cinema essay is more than just a look at China's judicial morass; it's a dispatch from the front lines of a dictatorship.
A concert of stifled voices that, together, are a brave and angry cry for democratic representation and the rule of law.
Sad and sobering account of human-rights violations in modern-day China.
A film that shows how China's poor go through a Kafkaesque nightmare in a largely futile effort to get justice through Beijing's petition offices. Nominally ombudsmen, these offices largely serve to prevent justice from taking place.
This documentary of a makeshift community of Chinese citizens caught in a Dickensian charade of Beijing bureaucracy finds hope among the hopeless and pride in the hearts of outcasts.
Moments of communication sought or denied give poignancy to a film filled with helplessness and outrage.
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