Thursday, September 07, 2006

Chinese Director Defies Gov't

Lou Ye, director of the promising drama "Summer Palace," says he will continue making movies despite being "banned" from filmmaking for five years. Like so many disputes in China today, Lou argues that the ban is "illegal," saying the body that insists he can't make movies doesn't have that authority. Lawyers who fight for people against the gov't are sometimes victorious and sometimes jailed in China. It just depends on how much media attention you get and the mood of the people in power. But the fascinating fact is that China does have a constitution detailing certain rights for people, even if it is often ignored in practice. And more and more people like Lou are insisting on the rule of law. Two steps forward; one step back for China.

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