"China's Century of Humiliation" is unique in many ways. As the only documentary to attempt a comparative study of the Chinese and Western history the film also features a special visual style.For illustration the film uses shots from the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Europe and the US. but also a large number of computer generated animations that bring history to life. Using authentic historical documents the director has created motion and dynamism that engages the audience. The film also benefits from the artistically generated landscapes of ancient China and an imaginative combination of maps and architecture that serve at times as metaphors of the events depicted in the film.
Narration comprises about a quarter of the script, providing the segue from one idea to another but leaving the delivery of the events to the expert panel. Finally the excellence of the film comes from the brilliance of its interviewees. Each of them is a astute connoisseur of Chinese language, culture and history and each of them lived expensively throughout Asia and in the West. Having a foot in each world, these professors and journalists were able to deliver the in-depth insights of the Chinese culture and society.
The film is also musically rich, with a custom made sound track by French composer Guy-Roger Duvert. Using Asian and Western themes, the music evokes the most dramatic moments with tunes that take the audience in the space and time of depicted events.
This is the second film of the Romanian born director Mitch Anderson. (See the First) As a child Mitch has been inspired by the works of Carl Sagan, the NASA scientist who in the eighties has brought the mysteries of the universe in every living room through his famous series "Cosmos". Today, the director's goal is to bring history and international affairs to life through the art of visually rich documentary film.
Two years in the making and based on the research of over thirty authors, the film was shot with the help of production assistants Rick Curnutt and Flora Wang. Rick has a Masters in Film Production and has lived in China for over ten years. He is also the producer/director of numerous festival acclaimed short films. Flora Wang has also a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from university of Beijing. She has worked as a production consultant for Radio "Voice of America - Asia" and numerous other production companies such as BBC and Deutsche Welle.
"China's Century of Humiliation" has been screened at numerous universities for students majoring in Political Science , International Relations, History and Economics and has also been made a part of the yearly curriculum at a number of these institutions. Whether you are a Professional in the fields above, or just a attentive student of history and civilization, "China's Century of Humiliation" is a "must see" for anyone interested in the shifting balance of power in the world today.
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