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Screening From Within  




Thomas Lahusen

& Yi Cui

64 min, Chemodan Films, Canada, 2018


Sichuan, China


Outdoor film screening in today’s China. Migrant workers of Beijing and Chengdu, rural inhabitants of Anhui, Sichuan and the Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, as well as projectionists from today and yesterday, share their thoughts, memory and experience about government and NGO-sponsored film screenings. Many of them remember the times when itinerant screening attracted huge crowds of viewers. Others—the younger ones—take video cameras in their own hands to film “from within.” 

Selected for the Media Library 2018 | Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon, Switzerland. Screenings: 7th Annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival (March 29, 2019) - CAMRA - University of Pennsylvania 2019; Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival , Vancouver, November 20-24, 2019; Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF), December 11-15, 2019; Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), March 27, 2022.

Early itinerant cinema
Screening from within poster200
Evening outdoor screening in Sichuan
No new China without the Communist Party
Tibetan Qinghai cameramen
Evening outdoor screening
Screening for workers
Outdoor screening in Sichuan
Shot from behind the screen
Night outdoor screening in Sichuan
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