‘My’ Self On Camera: First Person Documentary Practice in an Individualising China

Tianqi Yu

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An exploration of first person narrative documentary in China’s post-Mao era

‘My’ Self on Camera is the first book to explore first person narrative documentary in China’s post-Mao era. Since the emergence of the individual as an ever more important social figure in China, this mode of independent filmmaking and cultural practice has become increasingly significant. Combining the approach of cultural ethnography, interviews, and textual analysis of selected films, this study examines the motivations, key aesthetic features and ethical tensions of presenting the self on camera, as well as the socio-political, cultural and technical conditions surrounding its practice. This book problematises how the sense of self and subjectivities are understood in contemporary China, and provides illuminating new insights on the changing notion of the individual through cinema.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9780748698219
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Studies in East Asian Film
PublisherEdinburgh University Press



  • first person documentary
  • personal documentary
  • Chinese cinema
  • documentary film studies

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