Magazine article Screen International

Cinema on the Edge to Show Banned Chinese Films

Magazine article Screen International

Cinema on the Edge to Show Banned Chinese Films

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Cinema On The Edge: Best Of The Beijing Independent Film Festival 2012-2014 is scheduled to run from August 7-September 13 at museums and theatres across New York.

Critic and curator Shelly Kraicer, filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki and dGenerate Films founder Karen Chien have corralled 18 films from the likes of Ai Weiwei, Li Luo and Zou Xueping.

The films will screen in the US for the first time and are among a selection programmed by the Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF, pictured) that have met with resistance from Chinese officials over the last three years.

BIFF top brass were forced to cancel the festival in 2014 after men claiming to be villagers prevented filmmakers and members of the public from entering the Beijing suburb of Songzhuang where the event takes place. The films were never shown in China. The 2012 festival was disrupted after the power supply was cut.

The organisers have turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to pay for guest travel and programme printing. …

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