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dGenerate Films Just Made Some Fantastic Independent Chinese Movies Free for a Month


Dedicated distributors of excellent independent Chinese cinema dGenerate have just announced that they’re offering their collection of films free for one month to help people get through these testing times.

That means you can now get free access to a dozen intriguing, challenging works of modern Chinese film, covering subjects such as varied as migrant workers, rural villages, and ancient folk superstitions.

The collection includes Yang Mingming‘s Girls Always Happy, an intimate, often claustrophobic portrait of a mother-daughter relationship played out in the hutong alleyways of Beijing. The film was included on our list of the best movies to understand modern China.

Yang’s 2012 short Female Directors is also a part of the dGenerate collection being made free for the next month.


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Other titles include Huang Weikai’s Disorder, which pulls together clips from amateur videographers to portray “the anarchy, violence, and seething anxiety animating China’s major cities today.” There’s also Zhao Daoyong’s My Father’s House, a documentary about an underground church founded by Nigerian missionaries in Guangzhou, and The Widowed Witch, Cai Chengjie’s debut feature which weaves together themes of rural Chinese life with folk superstitions in what Variety called an “appealingly eccentric fable.”

Really though, all of the films in the collection are worthy of your attention. And with a month in which to watch them for free, there’s really no excuse. Find the full list of dGenerate’s Ovid page here.

Jake Newby
Jake Newby is a Shanghai-based writer and editor with more than a decade's experience living and working in China. Previously managing editor of RADII and Time Out Shanghai, he's also written for the Associated Press, The Wire, the Financial Times and more.
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