China’s Artful Dissident sells into Sweden and Japan

China’s Artful Dissident sells into Sweden and Japan

 

ABC Commercial has announced two additional sales of the powerful, edge-of-your seat documentary, China’s Artful Dissident, to SVT Knowledge & SVT Play in Sweden and NHK in Japan.

This compelling documentary charts the journey of foremost political cartoonist Badiucao, who clandestinely protests China’s human rights abuses through his irreverent and satirical art. High on the Chinese government’s hit list, they endeavour to prevent his art from breaching their ‘great firewall’. After initially attracting considerable international and domestic media attention with both his political cartoon and performance art, the documentary showcases Badiucao’s body of work and follows his move to avoid Chinese interference to Berlin where he gets a job with China’s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei. Taking his performance art to major European locations, such as the Louvre in Paris, leads him towards his biggest artistic opportunity to date – his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Like Banksy, Badiucao remains incognito – but as plans for the Hong Kong exhibition proceed, the personal and professional stakes for the exiled artist become considerably higher.

China’s Artful Dissident was officially selected for the 2019 United Nations Film Festival and 2019 Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival. Produced by Identity Films & Productions, the documentary has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for exposing human rights abuse by the Chinese authorities.

The most recent sales have added to territories covered by the Topic deal in the US and Canada, and the iWonder deal covering a large number of territories including Middle East, Africa, Australasia and Pacific Islands.