Meishi Street: Citizen journalism and the Beijing Olympics

Meishi Street: Citizen journalism and the Beijing Olympics

Meishi Street: Citizen journalism and the Beijing Olympics

Updated 14 August 2012, 15:02 AEST

Meishi Street documents its residents' battle against Beijing authorities and the plan to demolish their homes.

Residents are given a video camera which capture what life was like before the bulldozers came in. 

 
Meishi Street is near Tiananmen Square, which was demolished and cleaned up to give Olympics visitors a good impression of the city.
 
Ou Ning is the director of the film while Dan Edwards is the curator of the Chinese Independent Documentaries section of the Melbourne International Film Festival, which is hosting the film's screening.
 
They speak to Clement Paligaru and Adelaine Ng about the demolition which started in 2005 and about the rise of independent film-making in China.

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