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Petition (2011)


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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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A brave and wrenching new documentary from China

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A concert of stifled voices that, together, are a brave and angry cry for democratic representation and the rule of law.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Sad and sobering account of human-rights violations in modern-day China.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

epic and ambitious

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

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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.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Moments of communication sought or denied give poignancy to a film filled with helplessness and outrage.

January 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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An exemplary piece of journalism...

September 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
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