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Film Info
  • Year: 1989-1997
  • Film Format: DVD
  • Origin: USA
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Runtime: 360 mins
  • Color and B&W
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: optional Chinese

CHINA: A CENTURY OF REVOLUTION is a six-hour tour de force journey through the country’s most tumultuous period. First televised on PBS, this award-winning documentary series presents an astonishingly candid view of a once-secret nation with rare archival footage, insightful historical commentary and stunning eyewitness accounts from citizens who struggled through China’s most decisive century. CHINA IN REVOLUTION charts the country’s most violent era where decades of civil war and foreign invasions led to the bloody battle for power between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek. THE MAO YEARS examines the turbulent era of Mao’s attempts to forge a “new China” from the war-ravaged and poverty-stricken nation. Mao’s death begins BORN UNDER THE RED FLAG, which follows the country’s new leadership of Deng Xiaoping and its unlikely transformation into an extraordinary hybrid of communist-centralized politics with an ever-expanding free market economy. Monumental in scope, CHINA: A CENTURY OF REVOLUTION is critical viewing for anyone interested in this increasingly powerful and globally influential country.

Part One: China in Revolution 1911–1949 (1989)
Part Two: The Mao Years 1949–1976 (1994)
Part Three: Born Under the Red Flag 1976–1997 (1997)

Sue Williams

Sue Williams founded Ambrica Productions with producer Kathryn Dietz in 1986 to produce quality documentaries of international scope and interest.

From the start China has been a special focus. Williams was the writer, director, and producer of the company’s first project, CHINA: A CENTURY OF REVOLUTION, three feature length films that explored the turbulent social and political history of 20th century China. All three films - China in Revolution, The Mao Years, and Born Under the Red Flag – were broadcast nationally in over 25 countries.

With China in the Red she continued the story begun in the CHINA trilogy. Shot over four years, from 1998 to 2001, it is an intimate portrait of ten individuals and their families as they struggle to adapt to China’s dramatic economic reforms. It premiered on PBS’s Frontline series in February 2003.

Williams wrote and directed Ambrica’s critically acclaimed biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. This 2½ hour documentary aired as part of the American Experience series in January 2000; 13 million viewers watched, making it one of the series highest rated programs ever.

She wrote and directed two films which aired in 2005. Mary Pickford is a 90 minute portrait of the world’s first international superstar and one of the most powerful women in Hollywood history. It premiered on PBS’s American Experience series in April 2005. Time of Fear, about the internment of Japanese Americans in Arkansas during World War II was released nationally on PBS in May 2005.

Ambrica’s films have received widespread critical acclaim and are in educational, home video and international distribution. They have also won awards at numerous festivals, including the Full Frame Documentary Festival, Female Eye Festival, the Chicago International Television Festival, the International Film and Video Festival, the American Film and Video Festival, the US International Film and Video Festival, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival, and have received two Cine Golden Eagles and two Christopher Awards.

Williams has presented her China films in a variety of venues including the Asia Societies in New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. She has been a guest speaker at Yale University Asian Studies Program, NYU Stern School of Business, Colgate College, Hong Kong University, the Esquel Corporation in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, and Zhonghshan University in Guangzhou, China.

Williams’ newest film is YOUNG & RESTLESS IN CHINA.

For more information on Sue Williams’ work please go to www.ambrica.com

CHINA IN REVOLUTION

a film by Ambrica Productions, Inc.
in association with WGBH Boston and Channel 4 Television, U.K.

Written and Directed by: Sue Williams
Co-Directed by: Kathryn Dietz
Produced by: Sue Williams and Kathryn Dietz
Editor: Howard Sharp
Composer: Tan Dun
Executive Producer for Ambrica Productions: Judith Vecchione

Major funding provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional grants from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, New York Council for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


THE MAO YEARS

a film by Ambrica Productions, Inc.
in association with WGBH Boston and Channel 4 Television, U.K.

Written, Directed and Produced by: Sue Williams
Coordinating Producer: Kathryn Dietz
Editor: Howard Sharp
Narrator: Will Lyman
Composer: Tan Dun
Executive Producer for Ambrica Productions: Judith Vecchione

Major funding provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional grants from The Ford Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


BORN UNDER THE RED FLAG

a film by Ambrica Productions, Inc.
in association with WGBH Boston and Channel 4 Television, U.K.

Written, Produced and Directed by: Sue Williams
Co-Producer: Kathryn Dietz
Editor: John Martin
Narrator: Will Lyman
Composer: Jason Kao Hwang
Executive Producer for Ambrica Productions: Judith Vecchione

Major funding provided by the Freeman Foundation.

Additional grants from The Ford Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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