Zhao Liang (director)
Zhao Liang (simplified Chinese: 赵亮; traditional Chinese: 趙亮; pinyin: Zhào Liàng), born 1971 in Liaoning Province is a Chinese documentary film director. His early work was independent and was not sanctioned by the Chinese government, but his work has since been sanctioned by the government.
Life and career
Zhao graduated from Luxun Fine Art Academy in 1992. He supported himself as a photographer while working on his early documentaries. Zhao's 2009 documentary Petition: The Court of the Complainants premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is about aspects of the legal system in China. The film was shot over twelve years and details the plight of Chinese citizens traveling to Beijing to file complaints with the central government about local officials. After debuting at Cannes the film was banned in China. His 2011 film Together is about discrimination against people with HIV and AIDS in China and was commissioned by the Ministry of Health.
- Zhao Liang at the Internet Movie Database
- Zhao Liang via dGenerate Films
- Filming China's Dark Side: Zhao Liang's films, which explore the relationship between the Chinese government and its citizens, have received critical acclaim abroad, but are not screened in China. NYTimes video by Jonah M. Kessel.
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