BRICS filmmakers collaborate for first time on new documentary

By Zhang Rui
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Five directors from five countries pose for a photo at the premiere of "Kids and Glory" held in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 13, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Tencent Pictures]

"Kids and Glory," a documentary series, co-produced by filmmakers from the five BRICS countries, premiered in Brasilia, Brazil on Wednesday.

The documentary series, produced by Yuandongli Entertainment and Tencent Pictures, will have five episodes, with each featuring a different BRICS country: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 

The film's general director, Lu Chuan, is a renowned director who has been behind a number of classics including "The Missing Gun," "Kekexili: Mountain Patrol," "City of Life and Death," and the Disney nature documentary "Born in China." 

The Chinese episode, directed by Shen Zhaoqing and Zhao Han, is about three teenage girls' passion for soccer in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

The series, supported by the State Council Information Office of China and the Chinese Football Association, will also be released as an anthology film that will be screened worldwide. Chinese moviegoers will likely see it in 2020. 

"The films show different colors and different ethnicities, but the laughter, dreams and persistence all tell the story of humanity. The stories show our commonality and carry the dream of all children and all humanity," Lu said, adding he was touched by the other directors' talent and humanity during the process of filmmaking.

Brazil's director Tiago Arakilian, Russia's Nastia Tarasova, India's Rima Das and South Africa's Shane Vermooten also contributed their own short films about children and sport. The producers believe that sports are a universal topic that can be used to tell diversified but inspiring stories in the five countries of different cultures.

After the premiere, the BRICS Culture and People Exchange Forum was held, attended by more than 200 government officials, think tank experts and professionals. The forum was organized by the State Council Information Office of China and the China International Publishing Group (CIPG), the parent company of

The participants agreed that cultural collaboration and people-to-people exchanges would greatly enhance understanding among the five BRICS countries while improving their economic relationships and their citizens' quality of life.

Zhao Jianguo, director-general of the International Communication Bureau at the State Council Information Office of China, said that BRICS countries should conduct more exchange activities, utilize traditional wisdom and innovation to solve development challenges, and collaborate more in a wide range of fields to build the BRICS community.

Brazilian Social Democratic Party President Bruno Araujo said cultural exchange is the cornerstone of BRICS cooperation and the common aspiration of all member countries and people around the world. "BRICS countries have unparalleled advantages in culture, science and technology, education, and more. Cultural exchanges and cooperation in BRICS countries have a broad potential and a bright future."

Chen Fafen, a vice president of Tencent, added that the documentary collaboration is the product of ever closer cooperation between the five countries, and that it sets the stage for a new journey. 

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