Media Release: Capital screenings for cutting-edge Chinese Cultural Revolution films


THE internationally-acclaimed Chinese writer and independent documentary film maker, Xu Xing, visits Scotland this week for the screening of two of his films focused on the decade-long Chinese Cultural Revolution that started 50 years ago this month.

The award-winning Xu Xing’s, 80-minute, ‘My Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution’, is to be shown on Thursday with the two hour-long, ‘Criminal Records’ the following evening.

Begins a spokesperson: “The first is an autobiographical work that tells the story of his own Cultural Revolution experiences and traces his personal encounters of the past in contemporary China.

“At one stage, Xu Xing was detained after sending the first love letter of his life to a girl in school.

“‘Criminal Records’ came from Xu Xing accidentally coming across prisoners’ registration documents in 2011.

“These peasants were detained as active counter-revolutionaries during the Cultural Revolution and all came from the same region in Zhejiang.”

Xu Xing, who was born in Beijing in 1956, tracked them down to discover their stories both as prisoners and in their later lives.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland – celebrating its tenth anniversary of culture, education and business links – is hosting the free events at the University of Edinburgh.

Institute director, Natascha Gentz, said: “We are delighted and proud to welcome to Scotland, Xu Xing, whose documentaries have been presented widely in Europe and the US.

“This is the Institute’s second programme of presenting rarely shown, cutting-edge, independent, documentary films from China.

“Xu Xing will answer audience questions after each screening.”

  • Thursday, May 26 – My Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution, 80 minutes, David Hume Tower, Ground Floor, LG 11 –­ 5.30 pm to 7 pm.
  • Friday, May 27 – Criminal Records, 120 minutes, David Hume Tower, Ground Floor, LG 11, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.



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