GUNG HO: REWI ALLEY OF CHINA

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Year

1980

NFU Picture/Sheet No.

599

Length

Colour, 50 minutes

Cat. Refs. 1984-85 p.17; 1986-87 p.21.

Viewing copies

VHS BITC (Preview copy)- BITC 308

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'It may yet rank as one of the great human adventures of our time.' So wrote famed sinologist Edgar Snow, of the remarkable work of Rewi Alley, the longest-lived European in China, and a Westerner unique in his understanding of Chinese culture and society. In making this documentary, Alley travelled a gruelling 15,000 kilometres with the film crew, re-tracing the events and achievements of his fifty two years with the people of the world's largest nation. Calling the peasants 'Chinas gold,' Alley made the slogan 'Gung Ho' - work together - an international by-word, when he organised co-operative industry to keep China fighting the Japanese in World War II. Later, on the edge of the Gobi Desert, he pioneered a school to teach industrial skills to Chinas peasants. He is the author of more than thirty books telling the before and after of the Chinese Revolution. In this programme, for the first time, he tells his own extraordinary story. A National Film Unit/Phase Three Films Co-production

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