Synopsis： Four Springs is a documentary film that presented a family’s daily life in the remote town of Dushan in the Guizhou province in southwest China. From a subjective angle, the camera induced the flow of life out of the screen: the quotidian toils, singing, excursions in nature, visits among friends and extended families, funerals, reunions and departures. It presented the state of being of the two main characters, the director’s own parents, and their attitude when facing irretrievable loss in life.
Name：Minding the Gap
Synopsis： First-time filmmaker Bing Liu's documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belthometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why heand his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets hisfirst job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack’stumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire’s inner struggles withracial id...
Synopsis： With just a pair of wire cutters, deminerFakhir disarms thousands of explosive mines across Mosul (Iraq) - a task thatcould cost him his life but save the lives of thousands.
Synopsis： A uniquecinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestraand BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, MOUNTAIN is a dazzlingexploration of our obsession with mountains. Only three centuries ago, climbinga mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcelyexisted that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Peaks wereplaces of peril, not beauty. Why, then, are we now drawn to mountains in ourmillions? MOUNTAIN shows us the spellbinding force of high pla...
Director：Erick Stoll / Chase Whiteside
Synopsis： América is the uplifting, soulful story of three brothers who are broughttogether to care for their charismatic 93- year-old grandmother, América. Thebrothers, who are still young men, must confront the chasm between adolescentyearning and adult responsibilities as they learn to provide for her dailyneeds.
Synopsis： A young Chinese folk singer left his hometown to the big city, only to return to his musical traditions. On this journey, his humor, anger and powerful folk songs all comes from the rural life of past. That’s the real taste of soil and dust. Three decades ago, with the help of the United Nations, more than one hundred thousand people from a remote mountain area were relocated from the desert to the banks of the Yellow River, near a western city Baiyin. While most families and villagers leave their land to find a...
Name：Loving Cantonese Opera
Synopsis： The film takes Ou Kaiming from the Guangzhou Cantonese Opera House as main character, and tells a story of a generation represented by him, who sticks to Cantonese opera culture, while constantly seeking breakthroughs.
Name：SHAKUHACHI·One Sound One Life
Synopsis： Shakuhachi, a tubular instrument made of a bamboo. It's difficult to find its materials. It was named after the length of the pipe, one chi and eight cun. Shakuhachi originated in the Tang Dynasty of China. During the Southern Song Dynasty, it was brought back to Japan by the Japanese monk Shinchi Kakushin after studying Buddhism at the Huguo Renwang Temple in Hangzhou. Now it has become a representative of Japanese pop culture. However, Shakuhachi gradually died out in China. It was not until the end of th...
Synopsis： Extreme Road comprehensively explores the hinterlands of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau from the Qiangtang Grassland to the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon and from the lifeless region Snow Line to the depths of the Himalaya Rainforest to shoot people living in various extreme environments.
Name：The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
Synopsis： This film focuses on the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge from an international perspective and demonstrates why it can become a great project of the 21st century. It also shows how the Chinese bridge builders behind this "super project", represented by Lin Ming and Su Quanke, overcome all the difficulties, challenge the limits and create miracles to establish the Chinese standard for the international bridge construction, thus reflecting the Chinese spirit of courageous innovation and tenacious...
Synopsis： In 2016, the last textile weaving factory from the communist era in North-West China was demolished. Weaving follows two textile work er families during the five year demolition process as they struggle to adapt to outside change while trying to keep their families intact. Where old and new social values collide, their story allows us to take a closer look inside China's changing family dynamic in an increasingly materialistic and complex society.
Synopsis： Firefly is the first nature documentary about fireflies in China.This documentary filmed in many different locations in China and Thailand. Using the latest technology shoot the story of Fireflies and other creatures’ mysterious world.
Director：Tashi Chophel (Zhaxi Qingpeng)
Synopsis： Coming from different Tibetan nomad families, three young girls meet at a vocational school in the city, where they study beauty and hairdressing. They follow their hearts and pursue their own dreams. They try to make sense of the conflicts that they go through from living in the countryside and the city. Their experiences in the countryside provide them a sense of life, while their experiences in the city inspire them to dream big. Each of them lives their own unique life. In their life journeys, they experience...
Name：In My Eyes
Synopsis： Intrepid, impetuous and stubborn, blind Chinese masseur Cao Shengkang dreams of travelling the world alone, defying the dangers and difficulties of his blindness to prove to himself and to the world that he can still live a wonderful life.
Name：Beyond the Mountains
Synopsis： There are 20 extremely poor townships in Guizhou Province, and Shichao Township, Wuchuan Gelao and Miao Autonomous County, Zunyi City, is among them. Daqi Village is not only the largest village with the largest population in Shichao Township, but also the poorest in the poor villages. This documentary records the touching stories and earth-shaking changes during the battle to eradicate poverty in this village in one year.
Name：Children of the Snow Land
Director：Zara Balfour, Marcus Stephenson
Synopsis： Snow Land Light Education is a charityboarding school in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Most of the children weresent here at a very young age, from a very remote region called Dolpo. Theyhave lived and study in the school for more than 10 years. However, they haven’tbeen home again ever since. Neither have their family come to visit them.Luckily, the warmth of the school, including teachers and fellows, make themfeel at home. Upon graduation, they had a three-monthholiday so they would go back to their home...
Director：Paul Damien Williams
Synopsis： Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artistGeoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voicesto ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaningthrough songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Islandin far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, hisbreakthrough album Gurrumul brought him to a crossroads as audiences andartists around the world began to embrace his music.
Name：Journey on Foot - Homeward
Synopsis： The slave trade lasted for some 300 years after the 15th century,and Africans were at its center. Senegal's Gorée Island was one ofthe main trading posts where slave labor was sent to Europe and the Americancontinents. Those Africans were sold or sacrificed against their will, never toreturn to their homeland. Even to this day, there are those forced to work forsurvival while suffering from inequality, unable to return to their homes.Urisamba Ba is a migrant worker who traveled from Guinea Conakry to Senegal toe...
Name：Over the Limit
Synopsis： Over the Limit shows how the successful Russian system for trainingathletes transgresses boundaries. Elite rhythmic gymnast Rita Mamun has reacheda crucial moment in her career. She’s soon to retire, but has one final goalset out for her: winning Olympic gold. A nail-biting behind-the-scenes dramaabout the intense physical and mental labor put into a sport that thrives onits beautiful aesthetics.
Name：Cell Block 4
Synopsis： A lawyer and an ex-convict teach philosophy, literature and boxingto 52 inmates in a maximum security prison near Buenos Aires. Culture anddetermination help them to change their lives.
Director：Hans Block / Moritz Riesewieck
Synopsis： Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning,where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like. Here we meet five “digitalscavengers”, among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whosejob is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, wemeet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by onlinecensorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeplydisturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psy...
Name：The Night of All Nights
Synopsis： Together. For a lifetime. Who can manage this? And who still wantsthis? What seems to be an oddity for us nowadays was the norm for thegeneration of our grandparents .The documentary The Night of All Nights byYasemin and Nesrin Şamdereli (ALMANYA) portrays four couples from Japan, USA, India andGermany who all have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together. It’s alight-hearted and humorous experience, which reveals the secrets of long-termpartnerships and love.
Director：Janet Van den Brand
Synopsis： Ceres is apoetic and tangible documentary film that follows four children as theyexperience the natural cycle of life on a farm. Each child lives on a remotefarm in the southwest of The Netherlands and is learning the profession oftheir ancestors from a young age. They dream that one day they will take overthe farm of their father.
Synopsis： There's a new detective agency in Dallas, run by three exoneratedmen who all spent decades in prison. Their mission: to free other innocentpeople still behind bars. After serving a combined 60 years in prison forcrimes they did not commit, three recently exonerated Texans - ChristopherScott, Johnnie Lindsey, and Steven Phillips - join forces to form theunlikeliest of investigative teams, on a mission to help wrongfully convictedprisoners obtain freedom like they did.
Synopsis： Lion dance, as a national intangible cultural heritage, overseas reputation, where there are Chinese people there are lion dance. There are such a group of people in Guangzhou who inherit lion dancing culture with dance and promote Lingnan spirit with art. The original dance drama Awakening Lion by Guangzhou song and dance theatre tells the story of Guangzhou and moulds the spirit of Guangzhou. The film records the story behind the creation of dance dramas, as well as the integration and innovation of tradi...
Director：Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Synopsis： In an ultraconnected society where waveshave almost invaded every space, three electromagnetic intolerant people bearwitness of survival in a world that seems more and more inaccessible to them.
Director：Qi Lei, Bai Ping
Synopsis： Iceman tells a story about some special people living by ice. Every early December, a team of a few thousand people appears on the minus-30-degree Songhuajiang’s riverside in Harbin. They will cut through the thick ice against the heavy wind and snow, and then pull out the huge ice cube which may weigh thousands pounds on their own. In this place, trucks can even be stuck in the water. They are not fishermen, but icemen.
Synopsis： Jululu - amusical journey into a corner of Africa in southern Italy covering the vastplantations of tomatoes in the province of Foggia. Badara Seck, a Senegalesegriot, passes through the area like a shaman guide in search of Jululu, thesoul of Africa, towards one of the ghettos where the immigrant labourers throngfor the harvest season. Sagnet, the spokesman who led the labourers’ revoltagainst the gangmaster system in Italy, narrates the film. Through his thoughtsthe social criticism of the ghetto expands to in...
Director：Ryan Maxey / Zack Wright
Synopsis： Willcox, Arizona is a country music townthat isn’t what it used to be. The town’ only radio station has but oneemployee - a local pariah who lives in the studio, and who has a complicatedand difficult relationship with the music he plays every day.
Synopsis： Tehran is one of the most polluted citiesin the world, where more than 5,000 people lose their life every year becauseof air pollution. The origin of the pollution is the emission of more than1,192 tons of pollutants in Tehran air by vehicles and industrial centers.
Synopsis： The Pacific Ocean covers one third of the Earth’s surface, holds half of our world’s water, and hides the deepest place on our planet. It is a place where huge and iconic, rare and dazzling creatures live - and where creatures yet to be discovered lurk. Filmed in cinematic 4K, Big Pacific breaks the boundaries between land and sea to present the Pacific Ocean in way never seen before.
Name：By the Lalin Riverside
Director：Shen Shu, Dong Changqing, Yan Zhiyong
Synopsis： By the Lalin Riverside - Season I of documentary series Land of Hope, sets four farmers, who have bright personalities, as the leading characters, for the recording of their daily life from spring through fall covering the whole process of farming such as preparing, rice transplanting, maintaining and harvesting, with a view to presenting hardworking farmers’ pursuit of a promising future, showcasing the new looks of rural life in Northeast, and highlighting countryside’s dynamic development since the 1...
Director： Liu Na
Synopsis： China has the most diversity ecosystems in the world, each ecosystem has its own unique ecological order. China Wild will tell the story of people and species in different ecosystems. The programme shows the rich biodiversity in China's five largest ecosystems, and the relationship between human and nature. It presents interesting stories to audiences by diverse species and rare animal behaviors.
Director：Chi Jianxin,Zhang Yihong,Yuan Jing,Liu Jiaochen,Bu Yalin
Synopsis： For thousands of years, Chinese people love wood. We use wood to build houses, make furniture and daily living commodity. In the documentary Carpentry we call it “Wood Civilization of The Eastern World”. Seven thousand years ago, our ancestors began to use tenon-and-mortise work. Until now, this consciousness has been written into Chinese genes. We keep using wood and we love nature. Carpentry talks about the wooden culture, telling the story of carpenters, and shows different woodwork.
Name：Sky River of The Himalayas
Director：Klaus Feichtenberge, Li Yawei
Synopsis： Sky River of the Himalayas, is the natural history of the Yarlung-Tsangpo/Brahmaputra river system to be shot in China, India and Bangladesh. This innovative series is a comprehensive vision of how tectonics, geology, climate and biosphere (plants, animals, humans) interact to create our living environment. Among all of the world’s rivers, the Yarlung-Tsangpo/Brahmaputra is truly unique-it is the river of superlatives: The planet’s highest major river, flowing from the Third Pole (the world’s largest ice mass ap...
Name：Lian Da, A Chinese University In War And Revolution
Director：Xu Bei, Wu Di, Zhou Hui, Yang Yun
Synopsis： After Sino-Japanese War broke out, Peking University, Tsinghua University and Nankai University were successively moved southwards.In 1938, the three universities above collectively established National Southwestern Associated University in Kunming which had been undertaking the mission until 1946 upon the victory of the Anti-Japanese War and then returned northwards respectively. Although Southwest Associated University stood for only 9 years, her comprehensive influences have taken place beyond the country and...
Director：Xu Xiaohui, Guo Gang
Synopsis： Silk is the fabric invented in China that first drew the attention of the outside world to the middle kingdom. The fibers extruded from a silkworm can be as thin as one hundredth of a millimeter in diameter. The Chinese character we know today for the word “thin” was used by ancient Chinese to describe the natural silk fiber as the thinnest object on earth. To utilize this delicate gift from nature, the resourceful ancestors of the Chinese people reeled the silk fibers from 7 to 8 cocoons ...
Name：Handicraft (Season VII)
Synopsis： The word “handicraft” represents not only the best part of human civilization, but also the wisdom of our ancestors. For those who are eager to learn more, Exploration and Discovery, a program of CCTV science and technology education channel, presents you with a documentary series called Handicraft. The program had been constantly focusing on both the craftsmanship and the inheritance of Chinese traditional handicrafts. As the name implies, this series is about the story of Chinese traditional handicrafts...
Name：Blue Planet II
Synopsis： Filmed over four years covering every continent and ocean, thissequel to 2001’s multi-award winning The Blue Planet promises to takeviewers on a revelatory and magical journey into the greatest, yet least knownparts of our planet–our oceans. By using breakthroughs in science and cutting-edgetechnology to explore this final frontier, the series will reveal theastonishing characters, otherworldly places and extraordinary new animalbehaviours. Warm and compelling stories about marine habitats and theircharacterful ...
Name：The Kingdom - How Fungi Made the World
Synopsis： Hidden from sight is the Kingdom of Fungi that ruleslife on land. It's an alien world with the largest and oldest organisms alivetoday. It was fungi that made life possible on a barren planet and it was fungithat brought life back to earth after mass extinctions. And now, as climate change is starting to impact ourplanet, their untapped powers could help us to survive on our increasinglypoisoned, depleted and hotter planet. By looking at fungi in the context ofevolution and natural history, scientists are mak...
Name：Every Treasure Tells a Story (Season I & II)
Director：Xu Huan, Zhang Yuejia,Feng Lei,Wang Zhe,Pan Yi,Zhu Jie,Cui Yu,Kou Huiwen
Synopsis： This documentary series follows the historical chronologies of China to construct the sequence of 100 episodes about national treasures. From the Neolithic Age to Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, the 100-episode documentary Every Treasure Tells a Story leads the viewers cross 8,000 years to meet nearly 100 museums and archaeological research institutes, over 50 archaeological sites and over 1,000 cultural relics following the footprints of the crew around the whole country. For the first time, cultural re...
Name：Ten Years: Forget Me Not
Director：Fan Jian, Yu Runze
Synopsis： Ten years ago, many parents lost their only child in Wenchuan earthquake. As time goes by, some couples were still immerging into their big sorrows; some are trying to move forward. These newborn children hadn’t experienced the disaster, however, they become historical observers and witnesses in some way. As they grew up, the brand new challenges and stories happened to the parents. How to face the new life while remembering the children of the past? Can they treat the new life as the independent person, or the...
Name：China to Siberia: Crossing the Lonelist Lake
Director：Ivan Xu, Guo Rongfei
Synopsis： After cycling across 16 countries on 3 continents and walking across Transcaucasia, Chinese “human-powered” traveler, Xu Jiangjun, and his Russian travel partner Fyodor Lebed, decided to traverse the frozen lake of Baikal in the late winter of 2017, pursuing the biggest goal in his traveling career. During his 23-day journey in the Siberian wilderness, Xu Jiangjun's camera became his closest friend as he recorded the ups and downs of the hardships in front of him. From feelings of excitement to desperation,...