The Best Documentaries About China

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Documentaries about China and all things Chinese.

This list of the best documentaries about China has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with independent films. What is the best documentary about China? Vote up your favorites below.

As you vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about China comes out on top. If you do not see your favorite on the list, add it along with the titles so that others can vote on it as well. This list currently includes titles such as, Manufactured Landscapes, Petition, and Disorder.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate those watching the film. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.
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  • "China: A Century of Revolution"

    "China: A Century of Revolution"

    39 votes
  • Wild China

    Wild China

    9 votes
  • Still Life
    Zhao Tao, Wang Hongwei, Sanming Han
    7 votes
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Jia Zhangke
    Still Life is a 2006 Chinese film directed by Jia Zhangke. Shot in the old village of Fengjie, a small town on the Yangtze River which is slowly being destroyed by the building of the Three Gorges ...more
  • Petition


    6 votes
    "“Petition – The court of the complainants”, directed by Zhao Liang, is a unique testimony about China today. Since 1996 Zhao Liang has filmed the “petitioners”, who come from all over China to make ...more

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  • Please Vote for Me is a 2007 documentary film following the elections for class monitor in a 3rd grade class of eight-year-old children in the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China. The ...more

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  • Searching for Lin Zhao's Soul

    Searching for Lin Zhao's Soul

    5 votes