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China: The Rebirth of an Empire

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China's unprecedented growth has placed it on the verge of overtaking the United States as the world's preeminent power. But what type of power will China become? In today's interconnected and globalized world, the answer affects each and every one of us. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, China's humanitarian activities and investment in infrastructure have won it the hearts and minds of the people. Yet in Tibet and Xinjiang, China is reviled for its imperialistic abuse of human rights. Will China use its strength to dominate its neighbors and become a 21st century empire, or will China's youth lead the country towards democracy? Whether it's a peaceful rise or potential threat, China's 21st century emergence as a great world power will change the lives of everyone. This DVD contains the 86 minute theatrical version of China: The Rebirth of an Empire, winner of three awards for BEST DOCUMENTARY, as well as a special features section containing deleted footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with the directors.

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...a perspective from locals and experts that may shock the Western world. --Joe Belcastro, Tampa Movie Examiner

...a multi-country documentary about China's increasingly ambitious reach. --Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

...an opportunity to gain awareness. --Lavanya Sunkara, Voices from the Garage

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  • Actors: Chalmers Johnson, Rebiya Kadeer, Wei Jingsheng, Freddy Lim
  • Directors: Jesse Veverka, Jeremy Veverka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Veverka Bros. Productions LLC
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JDE62W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2011
As a high school teacher in the UK I bought China: The Rebirth of an Empire for my GCSE Media studies students, hoping to find something to assist the 'Representation' and 'Connotation' theories through the study of the world's largest branded product; China. I was pleasantly astounded by the quality and depth of this film, which to be honest I was predicting to be a bit dry. The makers obviously have a passion for the truth and seemed to follow it around the world from respected experts down to the usually unrepresented townspeople, getting the whole uncensored picture. China, and its struggle to journey into a free world whilst trying to firmly keep a grip on the steering wheel, is laid bare, warts and all. I was intrigued that China seems to be learning from other nation's mistakes and is attempting to win foreign support with free aid rather than profitable trade deals. At the same time though this ancient nation still can't seem to let go of all of its old ways, and some do appear to suffer as a consequence.
I loved the documentary style this piece takes which kept it fresh and alive to the end. The film makers hopped between both sides of the camera and led you through this complex landscape of truth, oppression and change. I found some of the arguments undefended, but as the danger retrieving most of this information would cause, sometimes at a life & death level, I can let that go.
Overall a very enjoyable watch with refreshingly modern and thorough coverage of an often hidden knowledge. Fantastic educational resource and highly recommended for colleges or anyone interested in current affairs and the evolving shape of world trade. A+ Well done!
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carole Maggie on September 6, 2011
I bought this film assuming that it will portray the good and the bad. Well, it wasn't very balanced, because it reflected a lot about the typical protests against human rights, democracy, Tibetan independence, Uyghur independence, Falun Gong, etc.. etc..

The film is also for newbies who don't really know much about China, and I feel it is bias, fear mongering, and xenophobic.

This is just my personal opinion after watching the film. Too much bias against China making her look like a 'threat' or 'boogeyman' which is exactly what you expect from an anti-China film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Le Lupi on January 1, 2012
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If you're a total novice you might enjoy learning that Dalai Lama does not live in Tibet anymore but in India, however for us, the ones with at least half a brain, the film is very sophomoric. (You'll also learn that Hong Kong was a British colony and Cheng Hai Check too refuge to Taiwan)
Once I realized that my intellect wont do any heavy lifting, I started to watch and enjoy the film as a travel log, a journey through the mountains of Uygur, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
I have to admire the producers for making this trip, and for their efforts to educate some other youngsters possibly as simple minded as they are. In the age of quick sensations and superficiality, this kind of format could possibly be the best vehicle to introduce international affairs to a generation that seems to be totally indifferent to anything that can not be made into a video game.
Yes, the film is highly anti-Chinese, and I would not have minded, if there was some depth to the views and some sense of balance. For instance at one point a Uygur farmer is dissatisfied that an industrial plant opened up close to his farm. Of course if there was no plant near by, he would have been upset that the CCP is not developing the area... Either way the Chinese Government is evil... Most investigations come to that conclusion. An exception, were some Pakistani mullas that preferred Chinese cheap goods over American militarism.
Later on, the investigation goes to Hong Kong where the democratic traditions inherited from the UK are declining under the pressure of the CCP. Here the investigation gets a lot deeper and for the first time it seemed to be made by adults.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SeattleResident on October 15, 2012
Overly biased in a very obvious way, watch it with other documentaries to balance.
Why don't they balance it? Ok, you see, there is funding behind it, right?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zinn_Chomsky_Seeger on May 31, 2012
Although it brings true issues about China's foreign policy with its neighbors, it hardly deals with China itself, its history or its current domestic issues. It relies too heaviliy on some commentators of questionable experience, although I liked the former CCP member's perspectives.
The documentary has a "conspiracy theory" tone to it that I sincerely disliked. I hate to post bad reviews for an independently made film but it felt like this one was done by the same guys that thought 9/11 was an inside job. Not my cup of tea...
Maybe my expectations were wrong and I was somehow mislead by the title. A better title should be "China's influences on bordering countries"...I was looking for a more comprehensive look at China in the 21st century.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mygirls on October 7, 2012
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as both student and professor of Chinese culture ... i was quite disappointed. i have now lived and worked in Asia with the Chinese for many years, and my life is immersed in the learning of their history, culture and language. though i would agree that China overreaches their bounds and has their own world agenda that should not be ignored, this presentation was biased to the point of being unprofessional. i own every China documentary available on DVD and this is the only one i will not re-use in any fashion. the bias and agenda is further amplified by those they interview. we see a collection of "conspiracy theory" authors, college students, dissidents, human rights lawyers, and human rights volunteers. the addition of "crashing sound effects" in transitions, and the superimposing of a nuclear explosion (granted ... for effect) is unprofessional and cautions me that i will not trust the producers to be "fair" in their handling of the issues. i would exercise great caution before purchasing this film. if you are a critical thinker ... you will be deeply frustrated. any agreement i would have with arguments in the film were tarnished by its "i have a point to make" college senior film project feel.
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