Film Studies in general:
Chinese Documentary filmmaker Wu Wenguang launched the Memory Project in 2010 to collect oral histories from survivors of the Great Famine (1958-1961) in rural China. Wu’s studio in suburban Beijing, Caochangdi Station, is the home for this project. Since 2010, several young filmmakers have joined the project. They have been to 246 villages in 20 provinces and interviewed more than 1,220 elderly villagers. The Memory Project aims to shine light on one of modern China’s most traumatic episodes, the Great Famine of 1958-1961. The project also covers Great Leap Forward of 1958-1960, Land Reform and Collectivization of 1949-1953, the Four Cleanups Movement in 1964 and the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. The amateur filmmakers from Wu’s studio discovered their family histories and identities in the process of interviewing the villagers, reconciling the official history taught in schools with each family’s true experiences. The project keeps a blog at http://blog.sina.com.cn/ccdworkstation, including weekly updates, diaries by filmmakers, notes taken in the interviews and announcements of events. The project thus records memory of China’s past and creates a legacy of its own.