Rare footage of Cultural Revolution – November 2013

A viewing of documentary film of China in 1971 shot by Lewis McLeod, followed by discussion with Rory McLeod and Professor Paul Pickowicz(University of California, San Diego)

Lewis McLeod, who passed away in April 2013, was a professional lighting cameraman whose work stretched from documentaries with the naturalist Peter Scott to stints covering wars in Vietnam and the Middle East. In 1971 Lewis visited China at a time when remarkably few were allowed to enter the country, a year before the historic visit of Richard Nixon.

In 2012 the 10,000 feet of Eastman colour 16mm film that he shot in China were donated to the University of Edinburgh. The film is being transferred to DVD and will be stored in the university.

In this special event, you will have the opportunity to view this remarkable documentary of a closed off world during the Cultural Revolution.

The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, 6th November 2013 at Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD. All welcome.