Launched this past Sunday, Asia Society New York's nine-film, month-long documentary series Visions of a New China is enjoying the attention of both the mainstream and more specialized cinephile press. The New York Times featured it in the Sunday, Sept. 25 Arts & Leisure section, where "Week Ahead" columnist Neil Genzlinger wrote:
Assessing the rapid changes in China has become a popular pastime in recent years, both for those outside of the country and those who live there. ... The nine films in the series (eight by Chinese filmmakers) examine just about any aspect of modern China you can think of: government, architecture, child rearing, dining, pollution.
At the same time Cinespect, "the news site for all things cinema," has weighed in with an extensive overview of the entire series, which it calls "fascinating," and singling out The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World (screening Saturday, Oct. 8) for special acclaim.
Meanwhile, Asia Society film curator La Frances Hui was just tapped by the PBS documentary showcase P.O.V. to name her "Top 5 Essential Documentaries About China" for the P.O.V. website. Three of Hui's picks — Beijing Besieged by Waste, Once Upon a Time Proletarian and Please Vote for Me — are also screening in the Asia Society series. (Another film in the series, Last Train on Home, appears on P.O.V. this week.)
The eight remaining films in Asia Society's Visions of a New China series run until October 29. Click here for complete series details.