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Program Title: Return from Silence: China's Revolutionary Writers
EASC Code: CR-03
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: English
Subtitles:
Subject: History, Literature, Politics & Law
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director:
Producer: Dr. Chung-wen Shih
Release Date: 1994
Running Time: 60 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "Five Chinese writers who have witnessed and participated in the political and social changes in Chinese since the May Fourth Movement of 1919 tell their stories: Ba Jin, a popular novelist; Mao Dun, the country's leading writer whose themes range from female sexual desire to the plight of Chinese peasants Cao Yu, an influential playwright; and Ai Qing, the nation's leading revolutionary poet. With the end of the brutally repressive Cultural Revolution in 1976, a new artistic freedom emerged, allowing these writers to talk more openly. They discuss their own work, which is an important part of China's literary tradition, and China's metamorphosis from a Confucian empire to a modern state. Interviews with the writers are interact with scenes of performances of the writer's major works, old photographs and rare archival footage, including the May Fourth Movement. (1919) the Land Reform (1949) and the Cultural Revolution (1966-76),"
Data Entry Date: 1/27/1999