#21 The Truth About Truth Telling: Documentaries in China


Ruby Chen, one of the founding members of the Hong Kong–based China Next (CNEX), tells the story of their nonprofit, which is aimed at promoting and producing Chinese documentaries. She describes her work in identifying and cultivating promising Chinese documentary filmmakers, the challenges and advantages these filmmakers are faced with, and how younger artists are taking novel approaches to creating and sharing their films with the help of new technology and ideas in the 21st century.

4:48: The history of CNEX

16:12: Creativity is changing in China

19:45: Perceptions of Chinese filmmakers

28:46: Is filmmaking in China getting harder?


Ruby Chen | Co-Founder & CEO

CNEX’s website

And, as usual, your host, Aladin Farré.

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With thanks to Brenden Gonsalves for graphic design support.

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1428 (2009)

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Mothers 妈妈的村庄 (2013)

A Young Patriot 少年小赵 (2015)

Look Love 对看 (2015)

Plastic China 塑料王国 (2016)