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AMES 631S: Modern Chinese Cinema: Chinese Film Resources

Finding Chinese films

Looking for films in the catalog ?

  • Feature films: search subject keywords
    • feature films China
    • feature films Taiwan
    • feature films Hong Kong
  • Documentaries: search subject keywords like
    • documentary China
    • documentary Taiwan
    • documentary Hong Kong
  • TV drama: search subject keywords like "television plays Chinese"
  • Search director as author and limit the format to "video" in the advance search. Consult Hong Kong director list if needed
  • Search film titles in Pinyin, consult Wade-Giles to Zhuyin to Pinyin Conversion Table if needed.

Selected Websites

Film Studies in general:


Subject Librarian for China

Luo Zhou
Office: Bostock 229

Tel: 919-660-5803

Office hour: Friday 1-3pm @ Bostock 229 or send me an email to set up a consultation.

The Memory Project

History of the Project

A pilot:

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, 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.