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Opinion: The prevalence of smartphones, cameras and drama in China allows independent documentary filmmaking to forge a path despite limited audiences and Xi Jinping’s efforts to control all media

3 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
More challenging documentaries find an audience outside the Chinese mainland — gracing festivals in Hong Kong and abroad and appearing on public television channels," writes the author. "At home they remain obscure, shown only at low-key events, often in academic settings."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.