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Shanghai Documentary Channel takes awards

SHANGHAI Media Group's Documentary Channel took top awards in the recent Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival.

Young documentary film maker Gan Chao's "The Red Race" about rigorous training for child gymnasts took the grand prize in the event earlier this month.

Director Han Lei took the Chinese director's prize for her thought-provoking work "Grassroots" about farmers making and starring in a documentary about themselves.

Ying Qiming, director of the Documentary Channel, won an award for special contributions to China-international co-productions and independent productions by Chinese film makers.

The channel, launched in 2002, is China's only documentary channel.

Ying says that the channel tells stories about China's rise and rapid social changes in clear and straightforward "international language."

"The documentary genre in China has big potential, but we need to cultivate our audience first and present powerful and influential works based on important topics and people's real problems in daily life," he says.

Next year the channel will continue to identify and assist young film makers and cooperate with veteran teams of international documentary film makers.

It aims to become a major documentary content supplier to domestic and international broadcasters.

The channel will carry on with its Documentary Box project, which promotes acclaimed documentaries from around the world at local theaters. Promoters hope the three-year-old project will become a cultural brand.

Next year's productions include a 90-minute documentary "The Bund" by Zhou Bing, a documentary series about preparations for World Expo 2010, and other works about China's 1911 Revolution and China's education system.


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