U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

Golden Jasmine Chinese Film Festival in 2009

The Festival is a collaboration between the U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University and the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF).

  •  Colourful Seasons in China     四季中国


This documentary uses the changes of the four seasons and natural scenes from around the year as metaphors to portray different periods in China’s development and important governmental strategies since China launched the economic reform and opening up policy in 1978.

  • One Thousand Years of Shaolin Temple    千年少林

Situated on Songshan Mountain, Henan Province, Shaolin Temple has a long history of over 1,500 years.  It is not only an ancestral temple of the Dhyana sect of Buddhism, but also known worldwide for its introversive and powerful martial arts.    

  •     Young and Restless in China

The documentary follows nine young individuals throughout four years of living and working in China. These young Chinese are ambitious and eager to find out what opportunities China can give them. However, they are often torn between what their families expect of them and their own aspirations. These are stories of ambition, excitement, and confusion connected with moments of love, misfortune and passion.It shows another sideof Chinese life rarely seen in the West, in a country that is changing daily.

  • Up the Yangtze

The documentary follows the lives of two young Chinese working on a l luxury cruise ship that feeds the hunger of tourists to have a last look at the Yangtze River’s legendary valley. The film observes the astonishing transformation of China’s longest river as well as the human impact brought by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam.

Up the Yangtze is an Official Selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival  and the winner of a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking. 

The screening is cohosted with the Culture Bridge, a Bryant student group at class of MGT200-C.