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dateline: 26 August 2014

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Independent Film Festival Shut Down In China

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • venue: a place where an event is held
  • screen: to show a film before it is released to the general public
  • interfere: to prevent something from happening
  • detain: to take into custody
  • confiscate: to take control over someone’s property or stolen goods

Independent Film Festival Shut Down In China

Chinese authorities closed down Beijing’s 11th Independent Film Festival on last Saturday. The small venue would have offered audiences an opportunity to screen eleven films that had not been censored by the government. This is the first time the event has been shut down completely, though have interfered at previous events. In 2012, the electricity was cut, and in 2013, public screenings . This year, two of the organizers of the event were reportedly detained for a short time. One of the of the festival claimed that his office was searched and some materials were confiscated. Journalists were from accessing the area and reporting on the closure.

Comprehension Questions

    1. What was canceled in Beijing this weekend?
    2. What happened at the 2012 Independent Film Festival in Beijing?
    3. What happened to two of the organizers of the festival this year?

Discussion Questions: At Beijing’s International Film Festival this year, American director Oliver Stone challenged Chinese filmmakers to take bigger political risks: “Open up your past the way the United States has opened up its past.” Is this a fair criticism considering these types of films are typically banned in China?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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