Film Screening and Discussion
“Border Politics, Wartime Documentary – Zheng Junli and Long Live the Nation(s) (1941)”
Zheng Dali, Filmmaker
Ying Qian, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Jane Gaines, Professor of Film, Columbia University
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dodge Hall, Room 511
No registration required.
“Long Live the Nation(s),” made by the talented progressive filmmaker Zheng Junli at the height of the Sino-Japanese War between 1939-1941, was one of earliest propaganda documentaries mobilizing non-Han peoples in the war of resistance against Japanese invasion. Even though the film was made under extreme wartime shortage of film stock and equipment, and significant censorship, it remains one of the most artistically accomplished documentaries of China’s Republican Era, with a dynamic montage that bore influence from early Soviet cinema, and a complex vision of ethnic relations beyond the official ideology.
This event is the first of a series of planned events at Columbia to celebrate Zheng Junli’s extraordinary creative career. Actor, dramatist, film director and essayist, Zheng participated in the creation of some of China’s best-regarded early films, such as New Woman (1934, lead actor), Big Road (1934, actor), The Spring River Flows East (1947, co-director with Cai Chusheng), and Crows and Sparrows (1949, director). He continued directing and writing during the early years of the PRC, until his life was cut short by severe persecution during the Cultural Revolution.
Co-sponsored by the C.V Starr East Asian Library, MA Program in Film Studies (Columbia School of the Arts), and the Inner Asia Curricular Project