Knowledge Network explores the birth of modern China Wednesdays 8pm on East is East. 27-week series begins February 4th From a feudal society to a modern, economic powerhouse in under a century, China’s economy has grown at an astonishing rate, beyond anything in the history of capitalism. This economic revolution has had a major impact on all of our lives in BC and around the world. Beginning February 4th, Knowledge Network explores the birth of modern China. Over 27 weeks, the series examines key events of the 20th century, China’s economic revolution, plus personal stories of life in contemporary China. Watch Wednesdays at 8pm on East is East All programs also available online at knowledge.ca February 4 Puyi: The Last Emperor of China February 18 February 25 March 25 April 1 April 15 April 22 May 13 May 20 May 27 Madame Chiang Kai-shek Mao: A Chinese Tale Making Mao China’s Capitalist Revolution Building 173 China: Triumph and Turmoil The Fastest Changing Place on Earth Crocodile in the Yangtze China on Four Wheels *program line-up is subject to change. Visit knowledge.ca for seasonal updates. June 10 June 17 June 24 July 1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 August 5 Green China Rising Last Train Home I.M. Pei: Building China Modern Up the Yangtze Inside Kung Fu Inc. The Chinese Hajj The Mosuo Sisters Happy Everyday: Park Life in China Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Explore the birth of modern China on Knowledge Network and knowledge.ca Program details: Madame Chiang Kai-shek Puyi: The Last Emperor of China February 4 and 11 A comprehensive two-part look at the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, detailing his ascendancy to the throne as a toddler; his forced abdication at age six; a puppet Emperor controlled by the Japanese; a prisoner of the Soviet Union; an inmate of a Communist Chinese re-education camp; and finally an ordinary citizen living in Beijing through the brutal upheavals of the Cultural Revolution. Making Mao March 25 A look at how Maoist propaganda was spread through visual art and how art shaped Mao into a cultural icon. China’s Capitalist Revolution February 18 The story of the wife of China’s Nationalist leader who became one of the most powerful women in the world and played an extraordinary role in world affairs. Building 173 April 15 Mao: A Chinese Tale February 25, March 4, 11, and 18 Combining previously classified material with unseen documents, biographic studies and interviews, this comprehensive four-part biography profiles the man who “moved a nation and changed the world”. China: Triumph and Turmoil April 1 and 8 Building 173 takes viewers behind closed doors and into the rooms of a single apartment building in downtown Shanghai to watch the stories of 7 families unfold over 3 generations. The Fastest Changing Place on Earth Crocodile in the Yangtze Filmed over a 6-year period, this is the extraordinary story of ordinary people in one tiny village as the Government’s epic plans sweep through China at a speed and scale unimaginable anywhere else on earth. As China’s largest online retailer, the Alibaba Group has grown into a global internet superpower rivaling Amazon and eBay. Follow the unlikely ascent of Alibaba’s flamboyant founder, Jack Ma – from former English teacher to China’s richest man. The two-part story of the biggest turnaround in world history the conversion of the Chinese Communist Party to capitalism under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping. May 13 April 22, 29 and May 6 Niall Ferguson examines China’s ascendancy in this three-part series that asks what the future holds for the world’s most populous country and its relationship with the rest of the world. May 20 China on Four Wheels Green China Rising In this two-part series Anita Rani and Justin Rowlatt embark on two epic, and very different, car journeys across China, navigating congested cities and winding mountain roads to explore how the country’s economic growth is affecting people’s lives. A look at the scientific and technological innovation in China that could turn the biggest polluter in the world into its greatest saviour. May 27 and June 3 June 10 Inside Kung Fu Inc. July 8 The Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism, and home to an ancient sect of warrior monks. But will fists and faith be enough to ensure Shaolin survives the grip of modernization? Or will a new Shaolin embrace the 21st Century? The Chinese Hajj July 15 The Hajj, the largest pilgrimage in the world and the fifth pillar of Islam, is a religious duty for every able-bodied Muslim. Follow five Chinese Muslims as they undertake this journey of a lifetime. Last Train Home June 17 An emotionally engaging and visually beautiful film that draws us into the fractured lives of a single family caught up in the largest human migration on earth, as millions of migrant workers attempt to return home for Chinese New Year. I.M. Pei: Building China Modern June 24 Acclaimed architect I.M. Pei returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou to work on his most personal project to date - bringing modernity to the heart of China’s preeminent classical city. Up the Yangtze July 1 Among the two million people losing their livelihood to the Three Gorges Dam project, the Yu family must send their daughter off to work. In a bitter irony, she’s been hired by Farewell Cruises, part of the strange apocalyptic tourist trade that thrives along the river, offering a final glimpse of a legendary world before it disappears forever. The Mosuo Sisters July 22 A tale of two sisters, this visually stunning film highlights China’s vast cultural and economic divides while offering a rare look at the Mosuo people, one of the world’s last surviving matriarchal societies. Happy Everyday: Park Life in China July 29 A version of retirement unlike anything seen in the West— elderly ravers dancing to techno music, playing in mass maraca troupes, and taking over playgrounds for their exercises. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry August 5 Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. The film offers a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures; a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. About Knowledge Network British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is where stories live that speak to our time. A viewer-supported public broadcaster, Knowledge Network offers commercial-free creative documentaries, arts and culture, drama and children’s programs from Canada and around the world. Knowledge Network plays a vital role in supporting the independent production community in B.C. through the commissioning of broadcast and digital interactive content. www.knowledge.ca For more information, please contact: Glenna Pollon Director of Communications & Government Relations Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 604-431-3184 *Dates and programs subject to change. Please visit knowledge.ca for seasonal updates.
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