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  • Before the Flood (Yan Mo) - A landmark documentary following the residents of the historic city of Fengjie as they clash with the officials forcing them to evacuate their homes to make way for the world's largest dam. (new July, 2012)

  • Before The Flood II - Gong Tan (Yan Mo II - Gong Tan) - Yan Yu follows his groundbreaking documentary BEFORE THE FLOOD with this profile of the residents of Gongtan, a 1700-year-old village soon to be demolished by a hydroelectric dam project. (new July, 2012)

  • Beijing Besieged by Waste (Wei Cheng La Ji) - Photographer Wang Jiu-liang travels to more than 500 landfills, fearlessly documenting Beijing's unholy cycle of consumption through poignant observational visits with the scavengers who live and work in the dumps. (new September, 2012)

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  • Digital Underground in the People's Republic - Six documentary shorts chronicle the changing state of China's independent, and underground, film scene. (new August, 2012)

  • Disorder (Xianshi Shi Guoqu de Weilai) - Huang Weikai collects footage from a dozen amateur videographers and weaves them into a unique symphony of urban social dysfunction. (new July, 2012)

  • Dong - China's greatest living filmmaker Jia Zhangke (Platform, The World) travels with acclaimed painter Liu Xiaodong from China to Thailand as they meet everyday workers in the throes of social turmoil. (new August, 2012)

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  • The East Wind State Farm (Guo Ying Dong Feng Nong Chang) - Condemned "Rightists," sentenced to 21 years of thought reform in the countryside, share harrowing first-person accounts of life in a Chinese labor camp. (new August, 2012)

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  • Fangshan Church (Fangshan Jiaotang) - A fascinating look into the inner workings of a Christian community in rural China, whose ways of life and worship are threatened by the world around them. (new August, 2012)

  • Fortune Teller (Suan Ming) - The colorful life of a countryside fortune teller provides a candid and deeply revelatory look at people living on the fringes of Chinese society. (new August, 2012)

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  • Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters (Gai Shan Xi He Ta De Jie Mei Men) - Tells the story of one woman's brutal ordeal as a "comfort woman" for the Japanese Army during World War II. (new August, 2012)

  • Ghost Town (Fei Cheng) - A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence. (new August, 2012)

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  • Karamay (Kelamayi) - In Karamay, filmmaker Xu Xin helps a community break the silence nearly two decades after a horrible fire killed nearly 300 schoolchildren. (new July, 2012)

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  • Meishi Street (Mei Shi Jie) - MEISHI STREET shows ordinary citizens taking a stand against the planned destruction of their homes for the 2008 Beijing Olympics (new July, 2012)

  • My Father's House (Jiao Tang) - The troubled story of an underground church founded by Nigerian missionaries offers a rare glimpse inside an immigrant African community in China. (new August, 2012)

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  • Nostalgia (Xiang Chou) - Acclaimed filmmaker Shu Haolun explores the rich culture and history of his Shanghai neighborhood upon its impending destruction. (new August, 2012)

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  • 1428 - Du Haibinís award-winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated Chinaís Sichuan province in 2008 explores how victims, citizens and government respond to a national tragedy. (new July, 2012)

  • Oxhide (Niu Pi) - Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family. (new July, 2012)

  • Oxhide II (Niu Pi II) - Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut OXHIDE turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships. (new July, 2012)

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  • Queer China, 'Comrade' China (Zhi Tong Zhi) - China's most prolific gay filmmaker presents a comprehensive historical account of the queer movement in modern China. (new July, 2012)

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  • San Yuan Li - Armed with video cameras, twelve artists present a highly stylized portrait of SAN YUAN LI, a traditional village besieged by China's urban sprawl. (new August, 2012)

  • Street Life (Nanjing Lu) - Explores the hidden lives of homeless migrants who survive in the shadows of one of Shanghai's most historic and affluent streets. (new August, 2012)

  • Super, Girls! (Chao Ji Nu Sheng) - Follows ten female teenagers on their quest to become instant superstars on China's biggest television show. (new July, 2012)

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  • Tape (Jiao Dai) - Performance artist Li Ning turns his life into art in this epic work of experimental documentary. (new July, 2012)

  • The Transition Period (Shu Ji) - Filmed with unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly candid look inside Chinese politics at the local level. (new August, 2012)

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  • Using (Long Ge) - An unusual relationship develops between an urban Chinese couple struggling with heroin and a filmmaker chronicling their addiction, in this provocative documentary on drug abuse, filmmaking and friendship. (new August, 2012)

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