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Brian and Longlan Stuy at their home office for Research-China (from One Child Nation)
Beyond the Films

March 26, 2020

This Couple Finds Answers for Adopted Daughters From China

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Brian and Long Lan Stuy are a Utah couple who have adopted three daughters from China: Meikina from DianBai, Meigon from Guangzhou, and Meilan from Luoyang. After discovering that documentation…...

Nanfu wang holds her baby while interviewing her mother
Interviews

March 25, 2020

Nanfu Wang’s Riveting Personal Story Probes Impact of One-Child Policy

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Taking risks is nothing new for Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang. Her previous documentary I Am Another You, which was a SXSW Jury Award-winner and aired on Independent Lens, involved her…...

GAI QI and her baby, in Leftover Women
Beyond the Films

February 05, 2020

The One-Child Policy Legacy on Women and Relationships in China

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Kristal Sotamayor The one-child policy was introduced to China in 1979, written into the national constitution in 1982, and subsequently ended in 2015. Over the 36 years of the…...

Xu Min, from Leftover Women, speaks to single men at a matchmaker event in China
Interviews

February 05, 2020

Filmmakers Follow Women in China Trying to Overcome Stigma of Being Single

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia have had films air on international television as well as here in the U.S. on HBO, MTV, Sundance, and PBS (Medalia has received…...

Shen Man and Dabao looking at live streaming on a phone, in People's Republic of Desire
Interviews

February 20, 2019

Director Explores Live Streaming Revolution and How Technology Affects Human Happiness

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Technology executive-turned-filmmaker Hao Wu takes a raw and human approach to storytelling in an era when culture evolves online, and for his very first feature film, People's Republic of Desire…...

Live streaming star Shen Man at her computer during a live stream
Beyond the Films

February 20, 2019

Is This Real Life: The Live Streaming Craze Explained

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Siyi Chen When my dad, a small businessman from Southeast China, asked me, his social media-savvy daughter, how to utilize the internet to help sell his agricultural products, the…...

Dylan with filmmaker Nanfu Wang reflected at right, shooting I Am Another You
Interviews

January 24, 2018

How a Chinese Filmmaker Ended up in Florida with a Drifter from Utah

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Nanfu Wang was a student at NYU when she went exploring America, which found her in Florida staying at a hostel. There she encountered a young drifter named Dylan, whom…...

Headshot of Twin Sisters Director/Producer Mona Friis Bertheussen.

October 17, 2014

Twin Sisters Filmmaker Captures Sibling Bond

Craig Phillips in Uncategorized

Making its American television premiere on Independent Lens on PBS this Monday, October 20 [check local listings], Twin Sisters tells the story of the remarkable journey of identical twins, adopted by families…...

February 22, 2013

Ai Weiwei Sparks Social Media Flames in China

Rebecca Huval in Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_3298" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ai Weiwei has heavily criticized the Chinese government through social media.[/caption] Ai Weiwei is a fearless Tweeter. In 140-character snippets, the gruff Chinese artist, activist, and…...

Filmmaker Alison Klayman with Ai Weiwei

February 21, 2013

Alison Klayman on Filming Ai Weiwei

Maria Goodavage in Uncategorized

We sat down with filmmaker Alison Klayman to talk about the joys and challenges of filming China's most famous artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei. Her film, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,…...

June 21, 2012

Ai Weiwei Bail Lifted — but Threats of New Charges Loom

Brooke Shelby Biggs in

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident at the heart of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (coming to Independent Lens next season), reports that his bail was lifted after a hearing…...

August 11, 2011

IL Classic China Blue to Stream Free; Chat on Globalization with PBS NewsHour

Brooke Shelby Biggs in Uncategorized

Next up on the summer ITVS Indies Showcase is an Independent Lens classic, China Blue. Micha Peled's stunning undercover film follows Jasmine, one of many teenagers working at a blue…...