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Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains

Synopsis
Short documentary. A new phenomenon has taken the internet by storm: Chinese rap. But behind its skyrocketing popularity, there is a struggle for freedom of speech. Rappers try to figure out what they can and cannot say after more censorship is announced. In Chongqing, one of China’s biggest cities, surveillance is unavoidable. Announcements echo across the vast squares warning that "morally suspect individuals" are banned from speaking in public. It’s not exactly the most stimulating environment for young people looking for something more than collectivist slogans. They express their artistic resistance against the lack of freedom in their tattoos and underground hip-hop. The rappers feel trapped in the immense city.[20 minutes]
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2019
Subjects
Social Studies; Music
Keywords
censorship; China; young people; Rap music; Hip Hop

Online availability

URI
https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2019/jun/14/trapped-in-the-city-of-a-thousand-mountains-video
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
David Verbeek

Production Company

Name

Guardian, The

Email
film@theguardian.com
Web
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Phone
020 3353 2000
Address
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London
N1 9GU
United Kingdom

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