Wang Shiwei documentary

With compliments from RTHK, we are pleased to introduce to the MCLC community a 52-min documentary on Wang Shiwei written and directed by myself. Here is the English version (with English voice-over and English subtitles).

If universities would like to order the film in DVD, please write to Miss Linda Gao at It won’t cost much, most likely just a handling fee and postage as RTHK means to make its contents available for public.

Below find a brief introduction of the documentary.

Louisa Wei

RTHK Documentary

Wang Shiwei: The Buried Writer

Wang Shiwei was a very special figure in the history of Chinese modern literature. He is known to most as the first victim of Chinese Communist Party’s literary persecution, who was killed “by mistake” in 1947 while CCP troops were retreating from Yenan. Mao Zedong was enraged by this “mistake” and in later years kept bringing up Wang Shiwei’s essay titled “Wild Lily” as speaking from the wrong standpoint. In the essay, Wang criticized the inequality and prerogative in the Communist Yenan that China still faces today. The documentary combines a historical search with sentiments and details we can relate to. It incorporates oral history from those who lived through Wang Shiwei’s times, citations from writings by himself and his contemporaries, and the writer-director’s own reflections with rarely seen newsreels, poignant animations, and stunning visuals. Those being interviewed include Wang Shiwei’s son Wang Xufeng, his former student Bo Ping, his Yenan colleagues Zeng Yanxiu and He Fang, and those who studied his case—famous journalist Dai Qing, Chinese historian Gao Hua, CCP specialist Song Jinshou and Trotskyist expert Gregor Benton.

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