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As part of the tour, three award-winning independent filmmakers from China Wang Jiuliang, Fan Jian and Wang Libo will present and discuss their films with audiences in Newcastle. ‌

Director Wang Jiuliang’s film Plastic China (2016), focuses on an unschooled 11-year-old girl whose family works and lives in a typical plastic waste household-recycling workshop. It highlights China’s role in the global waste trade and exposes how the worldwide waste problem is hitting people living in poverty around the world. Reportedly, the film prompted China’s ban on plastic waste imported from the West. 

 7 November, 5:45pm Plastic China+ Q&A with filmmaker Wang Jiuliang, chaired by Professor Guy Austin and Dr Sabrina Yu, Tyneside Cinema

Director Fan Jian’s feature length documentary, The Next Life (2011) and its short follow-up A Second Child (2019), follow a couple who lost their only daughter in the Great Sichuan Earthquake in 2008. Charting their lives for a decade, the film is an emotional tribute to the couple’s longing for another child. When they are blessed with a son, it serves only as a reminder of their loss. The films bring people’s attention to post-disaster mental health, which is as important as physical recovery. 

    8 November, 5:45pm,The Next Life + A Second Child+ Q&A with filmmaker Fan Jian, chaired by Dr Duika Burges Watson and Dr Lydia Wu, Tyneside Cinema

Director Wang Libo’s film Oh, The Sanxia (2013) presents the director’s in-depth research into, and subtle critique of, the Three Gorges Dam (Sanxia), which is the world’s biggest dam and one of China’s most expensive and controversial projects. The large-scale human relocation and long-term ecological impact of the dam have aroused wide concern. The film not only looks into the project itself but also reveals the vicissitude of China’s politics over the past three decades.

   15 November, 6:00pm, Oh the Sanxia + Q&A with the filmmaker Wang Libo, chaired by Professor Bernard Malkmus and Dr Sabrina Yu, Tyneside Cinema

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