by Professor LU Xinyu, Fudan University, Shanghai
The New Documentary Movement has emerged as an important medium by which to examine some of the social, political, and historical disjunctions in contemporary China. In fact, the New Documentary Movement can be seen as integral parts of those social developments and also as part of a historical movement, which use their own style to maintain a dialogue with society. This dialogue includes investigation, interpretation and intervention. The significance of the New Documentary Film Movement lies in the activist engagement of the filmmakers with the emotional and living conditions of Chinese people in all walks of life in contemporary China
Lu Xinyu is professor and director of the Broadcasting and Television Department, School of Journalism, Fudan University where she also serves as senior research fellow. Her many writings include Documenting China: The New Documentary Movement (Beijing, SDX Joint Publishing Company, 2003). Her research is focused on the relationship between visual culture in China, mass media and the social development. Her English essays include, "Ruins of the Future: Class and History in Wang Bing’s Tiexi District" (New Left Review 31 Jan/Fab 2005), Deconstruction, Justice of the "Other," and Enlightenment Spirit: Notes from Reading Derrida (TELOS 151 ,Summer 2010), Chinese Modernity，Media and Democracy---An Interview with Lu Xinyu by Yuezhi Zhao (Global Media and Communication, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2010). In November 2010 her new book, together with Chris Berry and Lisa Rofel, The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: For the Public Record will be published by Hong Kong University Press.
Time: 7 December, 14.15-16.00
Place: Alfa 1010, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studie, Scheelevägen 15B