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12 March 2013: Documentary film on Chinese famine features Xun Zhou

mao's famine

The documentary film “Mao’s Great Famine,” directed by Patrick Cabouat and Philippe Grangereau and produced by Arturo Mio in 2011, may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-woaDniFQc.

 

The film features Essex history colleague Xun Zhao carrying out oral history interviews, and also Frank Dikötter, author of Mao’s Great Famine:  The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 (2010).  Dikötter estimates that 45 million people died in the course of this tragedy.  The film also includes interviews with Yang Jinsheng, author of Tombstone;  The Untold Story of Mao’s Graet Famine (2008, English ed. 2012).

 

Between 2006 and 2010 Xun Zhou traveled across China collecting oral history evidence about this devasting period of Chinese history.  Her collection of primary sources concerning the famine, The Great Famine in China, 1958-1962:  A Documentary History, was published by Yale University Press in 2012.

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