China is well known for its rapid economic growth, but the country also remains a one-party authoritarian state that systemically violates fundamental rights. Since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2013, the government of China has arbitrarily detained and prosecuted hundreds of activists, human rights lawyers and defenders. It has tightened control over nongovernmental organizations, activists, media, and the internet through new laws that label activism and peaceful criticism as state security threats. In this Expert Talk, we will look behind the scenes in modern-day China, with a focus on Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
Confirmed speaker: Yaqiu Wang, China Researcher at Human Rights Watch
Dutch premiere Leftover Women (Documentary Film)
‘Leftover Women’ is how the Chinese describe educated, cosmopolitan women who are not married and settled by the time they reach their mid-twenties. Through marriage markets, matchmakers, and government-sponsored dating events, the film follows three hopeful singles who, under immense pressure, are determined to find love on their own terms.
FILM DIRECTORS Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia (Israel)
RUN TIME 84′