We're always letting you know about the latest battle between Chinese filmmakers and Chinese censors. The most recent kerfuffle was earlier this month, when Peter Martin blogged about how the Lost in Beijing filmmakers were banned in China. After a seemingly endless deluge of stories like that, I'm very happy to report that there's a positive story coming out of China dealing with filmmaker Ruby Yang and the Chinese government. Making this even better -- it isn't a case of a filmmaker bending over backward for the censors, but her tackling what Reuters calls "China's thorniest issues."

An Oscar winner for the documentary short The Blood of Yungzhou District, Yang has been busy making films about HIV/AIDS, tobacco/smoking, homosexuality, and the environment will full support from China's state organizations. Just this November, she made public service ads about condom use featuring celebs like Jackie Chan, and she's now gearing up for a half-hour documentary on gay life a the pressures stemming from the country's one-child policy. Yang says: "There's a lot of pressure to produce an heir. Many gay men are married and live a double life. They lie to their parents, lie to their wives." Although she's gotten a lot of support, Yang doesn't expect this particular project to get a public release in the country, and is instead planning on international festivals.

On the bigger-scale end of things, she's also working on promotions for a smoke-free Olympics in 2008, citing that the number of smokers in China is larger than the population of the US. (Maybe the anti-smoking advocates should take an international trip...) More stateside, she also has a 60-minute PBS doc in the works on San Fran's Chinatown.

categories Movies, Cinematical