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The Work of Evangelism in Hunan
Religious rites and Christian activism in South Central China, seen through the eyes of Methodist missionaries.
Amateur film 1935 15 mins Silent
Fascinating and poignant scenes abound in this missionary record of religious ceremony and Christian activism in and around Changsha and Shaoyang in Hunan Province, South Central China. The film contrasts traditional Chinese cultural practices – a solemn dragon procession, burning paper houses at a funeral – with the Methodists’ humanitarian work: literacy classes, and handing out food aid.
Eyes peeled when you get around the six minute mark – are those tiny tots really smoking cigarettes? Surely not – incense sticks… maybe?
Somewhere in China
Travelogue 1930 1 mins Silent Location: Chongqing
Life among the limpet-like buildings clinging to the steep banks of the Yangtze in southwest China.
Amateur film 1935 42 mins Silent
Mongolian men show off their prowess in wrestling, archery and horse racing, known as the “three manly games”.
Travelogue 1908 7 mins
Intimate vignettes of crafters, beggars and labourers in the workshops, on the streets and eating in the outdoor kitchens of imperial China.
Documentary 1948 37 mins Silent
This alluring travelogue follows a missionary on his colourful journey into the ethnically diverse mountains of Yunnan, south west China.
Rice Cultivation in the Si-kiang Delta, South China Rice Cultivation in the Si-kiang Delta, South China
Documentary 1937 2 mins Silent
An exceptionally detailed look at the process of rice cultivation, from planting to harvesting to pounding, in the Xi Jiang Delta, Guangdong Province.
Travelogue 1925 2 mins Silent Location: Hangzhou
Enjoy a cruise along the ancient canals of Zhejiang Province in eastern China with this gorgeous stencil-coloured travelogue
Amateur film 1946 10 mins Silent Location: Shaoyang
Rare insight into the health work of Methodist missionaries in rural Shaoyang, Hunan Province, South Central China.
Travelogue 1935 16 mins Silent Location: Shaoyang
Scenes in and around Shaoyang in South Central China are brought to life by mesmerising amateur photography.
Travelogue 1946 50 mins Silent Location: Shaoyang
This engaging film documents the journey of a doctor sent by the Methodist Missionary Society across land and sea to rural Hunan Province.
1926 40 mins Silent
Compelling travel feature edited from footage of the 1925-26 Worsley Algarsson Arctic expedition.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
In this illustrated discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Catherine Wheatley, the author of two books on Michael Haneke’s work, examine what makes him such a distinctive, important and often controversial cinematic artist.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
Film critic Carmen Gray and film writer Ela Bittencourt discuss three films by trailblazing Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová.
Inside Film 2021 40 mins
In this discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Sue Harris, Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, will focus on three titles to look at what made Malle such a rewarding filmmaker.
Inside Film 2021 38 mins
BFI National Archive curator Will Massa and film critic Beatrice Loayza explore the work of contemporary British filmmaker Joanna Hogg.
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.