A major 6 series investigating China’s changing political, cultural and economic landscape in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics 2008 – including a journey down ‘The Yangtze’ to take the pulse of the nation from China’s main artery, delving into China’s lethal coal mines and joining The New Red Guards to investigate the new Cultural Revolution that’s ripping into the fabric of Chinese identity.
CHINA RISING: Episode 1: THE YANGTZE:
Putting the Tibetan Uprising in context we take the pulse of the nation from China’s main artery to witness how the nation is fragmenting, and why rebellions, backed by an emerging civil society, are breaking out in both the cities and the countryside. Watch Here
CHINA RISING: Episode 2: THE NEW RED GUARDS: CULTURAL REVOLUTION PART II
Punks to Pop Idols, authors to artists, comedians to gay icons – this film reveals the new Cultural Revolution that’s ripping into the fabric of Chinese identity.
CHINA RISING: Episode 3: ON THE COAL FACE:
Authored by a former Policeman from China’s coal country, this film offers a rare and harrowing insight into the lives of miners working the most dangerous mines in the world.
CHINA RISING: Episode 4: DA ZHAI: Living Propaganda:
Run by the Iron Lady, Da Zhai was once Mao’s favourite village, and is now rated as the No.2 village in China – this is what the Communist Party want you to see – a piece of living, working propaganda.
CHINA RISING: Episode 5: THE RUNNING PREACHER:
Religious expression is explored through the life of an evangelical Christian preacher on the run from the authorities as he continues to practice his faith, preach against the Party and convert non-believers.
CHINA RISING: Episode 6: CLASS OF 2008:
24 hours in the lives of 3 of the 6million students graduating this year – 3 students, from 3 different social classes, with 3 very different aspirations for their own and their country’s future.
‘The most insightful series on China…”
Correspondent / Series Producer : Oliver Steeds