The Chinese Independent Film Archive (CIFA) would like to alert you to the inaugural issue of its the new journal, the Chinese Independent Cinema Observer.
Chinese Independent Cinema Observer is a bi-lingual peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of Chinese independent films and film culture, particularly of mainland China. It publishes three times a year on the official website of Chinese Independent Film Archive (CIFA). The editorial team is made up of twelve film scholars and/or independent filmmakers across the world who are eager to push the boundaries as a team and to create a journal that is inclusive, retrospective, creative and interactive.
This inaugural issue, ‘Sino-Japanese Connections in Independent Film Cultures’, seeks to understand Chinese independent cinema, together with its historical trajectories, spaces, and transformations, by situating it within and alongside the cinematic-cultural interconnections between China and Japan of the recent three decades (1989-2020). This issue does not seek to provide a so-called ‘panoramic view’ or the ‘one and only’ historical narrative apropos Japanese-Chinese independent film connections. Rather, the contributors use this platform as an entry point to demonstrate how complicated the interconnections are, their politics, and how meaningful it would be to engage in these discussions in the future.