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Philipp Niemietz – cinema for a more diverse image of China

Philipp Niemietz in Luzhi, Jiangsu Province 2019.

Since 2019, he has been working as a cultural coordinator at the Leipzig Confucius Institute. The institute’s mission is to promote the Chinese language and culture. For Niemietz, that means he and his team organize the annual Chinese film festival “CHAI”. “We try to give a space to voices that are otherwise not heard,” he says, talking about a film about an almost unknown youth movement called Shamate. “There are always things that even we, who deal with China on a daily basis, don’t know about yet,” Niemietz says.

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