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New TV programs unveiling personal stories from China’s past decade get rave reviews

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Several television works, including dramas and documentaries, depicting the development of different aspects of China over the past decade have been launched recently, most of which have received warm reactions from audiences and critics.

From farmlands to the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, from football stadiums to performing arts stages and from crime crackdowns to stories of the fight against poverty, these works around different themes such as the economy, culture and ecological protection focus on countless people who have worked hard for the country and society over the past decade.

The stories of many ordinary Chinese people were condensed into these works, which resonated with many viewers who felt like they were watching moments from their own lives.

Shi Chuan, vice president of the Shanghai Film Association, told the Global Times that such TV productions attract audiences because every ordinary story they tell is a “mirror” reflecting the real life of Chinese people over the past 10 years. years.

flourishing times

Fourteen dancers dressed in brightly colored silk robes from the Tang dynasty (618-907) and made up line the stage as exaggerated expressions appear on their faces. Suddenly, they are surrounded by antiques such as tricolor glazed pottery or bronze objects, and the next second they are walking through the ancient masterpiece of painting. Ten thousand Li of rivers and mountains.

The new dance show Night Banquet at Tang Dynasty Palace stunned audiences across China when it appeared at the Henan Spring Festival gala in February 2021. Netizens replayed it millions of times over the following days, making the performance a representative of the revival of traditional Chinese culture through creative means.

The story behind the creation of the dance show was explored in the TV series Our erabroadcast since October 10 on television channels and the foreign video platform YouTube in 200 countries and regions around the world.

The Our era episode about the dance show caught the attention of netizens. Tang Yi (pseudonym), a dancer based in Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan province, is one of them. Tang told the Global Times that she could relate to the experiences of a dancer who had struggled for years to fulfill her dreams of performing on stage.

“Dancing is actually an extremely difficult career to pursue and is the opposite of the glamor and elegance that audiences normally see on stage. On the contrary, it is a career full of uncertainties,” Tang said. .

“I think it was one of the best interpretations of the term ‘cultural trust.’ a small glimpse of normal everyday life, which also resonates with us,” Tang added.

Besides the dance performance, the series also touched on various topics such as the story of a football coach and his students in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the growing friendship between Chinese construction workers and the local population of North Africa.

“There is a sense of ‘national consensus’ in such productions. China’s reform and opening up and rapid economic development…Ordinary Chinese are eyewitnesses to the country’s decade of development. It is hard for someone not to identify with what people went through,” Shi noted.

Filled with hope

Our era is not the only television program to cover China’s achievements over the past decade.

The new documentary series Tales of Happiness in China not only includes well-known people in industries like sports and culture, but also focuses on ordinary people who have dedicated their lives to efforts that help ordinary people.

Another documentary series of 50 episodes Zheshinyan (lit: these 10 years) records the efforts of the Chinese people, some of whom have worked to lift poor villages out of poverty, while others have dedicated themselves to researching advanced technologies or protecting natural green forests .

After watching these TV works, many netizens said that the show gave them hope to live in China.

Shi pointed out that these true stories contradict stereotypical and incomplete portrayals of China by Western media.

“That’s not to say these shows have the power to change the way Westerners view China, but it is a window for many audiences abroad to learn that China is not what has been portrayed in Western media,” Shi noted.

“I’m a big fan of these TV productions. When I was studying film in London, I produced a short documentary about Chinese artists of the Yi ethnicity. I got a lot of feedback from peers in the UK United, the Netherlands and Germany. They told Chinese stories. They are poetic and humanistic,” Jiang Xinjie, a filmmaker in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province, told the Global Times.

“Surprisingly, many of them are my age, born in 1994. As a young designer, I can make my own success a cultural story,” Jiang noted.