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DMU academic says new Chinese film 1921 can lead to alternative discussion of relations between East and West

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One of the biggest – and already one of the most controversial – films of the year from China opens to Western and Middle Eastern audiences next week, with critics already dismissing it as Communist propaganda.

But De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) academic Dr Hiu Man Chan says people would be better to ignore any media backlash and see the film 1921 as a way to better understand China’s standing in world politics.

She said: “I think film plays an important role to open up dialogues and different perspectives. Rather than ignoring China altogether or rely entirely on what the media reports, film can be a more engaging way to inspire our critical thinking.”

Dr Chan, a lecturer in creative and cultural industries at DMU’s Leicester Castle Business School, also runs her own film company. The non-profit organisation focusses on raising funds for film collaborations and support for Chinese films in the UK, as well as creating…

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