'Recorded History' looks at the growth of documentaries

Updated: 2011-12-31 09:59

(China Daily)

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To commemorate the centennial anniversary of China's documentary industry, "Recorded History", a grand gala was held on Dec 23 at the Great Hall of People in Beijing.

Organized by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and China Documentary Research Center, the event gathered together different generations of Chinese documentary film makers, who reviewed the development of Chinese documentaries, including some that have never been shown to the public, such as The Battle of Wuhan (1911), China's first documentary.

The event also featured an awards ceremony, offering nods to outstanding documentary makers such as Chen Hanyuan, who helmed the classic docu Observing the Great Wall, and Joris Ivens, a Dutch documentary filmmaker who recorded changes in China since the 1930s.