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An Introduction to Contemporary Chinese Film

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Teachers will need a DVD copy of the film(s) to be studied, to correspond with the written lesson material. All of the films can be rented or purchased for use in the classroom.

Although these films are quite different in content and cinematic style, each reflects China’s changing society. The Film Foundation and its and its Chinese partners selected these films based on the following criteria: age-appropriate content, excellence in filmmaking, and educational value.

This unit is intended as an introduction only and not as an in-depth study of China or China’s rich film heritage. Each lesson has multiple activities that can be taught over 3 – 5 days. The lessons are interdisciplinary in approach, both reinforcing and challenging students’ knowledge of literature, history, geography, art and music.

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