Chinese Independent Film Archive (CIFA ) website launch events: Photography exhibition by Norman A. Spencer and Q&A

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To mark the launch of our website, Chinese Independent Film Archive (CIFA ) has curated three events. All are welcome. No registration required.  


‘I See the World Through the Lens of My Camera’, Photography Exhibition by Norman A. Spencer, and Q&A with Norman Spencer & Chris Berry 


5 December at 1pm London time (8am New York, 9am Beijing), 

via Zoom Link: 


CIFA is dedicated to the preservation of and access to Chinese independent film culture. It holds a large and rare collection of films and footage, their associated material culture, existing publications, oral history interviews, among others. CIFA is established with the help of a research grant from UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and operating with the support of Newcastle University. Its website functions as a window onto the collections in the archive and a platform to showcase CIFA’s regular activities including publications, exhibitions and events. 


Professor Norman Spencer has the knack of being in the right place at the right time – and with a camera. His candid photos capture moments like the opening of the First Unrestricted New Image Festival at Beijing Film Academy in 2001, Jia Zhangke on the set for 24 City, Ying Liang’s appearance at the Lincoln Society in New York, Mian Mian’s Shanghai parties, and the opening of the First Chinese Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at Beijing University in 2001. Please take a look at this online exhibition of over 90 photos documenting the development of China’s independent cinema that Norman has kindly donated to the CIFA. Then join Norman and Chris Berry from King’s College London for a celebration on 5 December where you can learn more about how Norman came to take these remarkable photographs and join a Q&A. 


The following launch events include the screening of The Crack (dir. Li Wake, 2000), restored by CIFA, and Q&A with the filmmaker on 19 December 2020; and the Launch of CIFA Columns and Q&A with four columnists Bao Hongwei, Wang Xiaolu, Wu Wenguang and Zhu Rikun, on 16 January 2021. We will circulate further details in due course. Meanwhile, please visit CIFA website at