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DVD Review: The China Question
 (From ShockYa. 6 June 2011, 6:46 AM, PDT)

The China Question Available on DVD June 7th
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 26 May 2011, 12:01 PM, PDT)

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Brook Silva-Braga ... Himself - Host

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Brook Silva-Braga 
 
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Brook Silva-Braga 

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Nate Graham 
 
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How to do you say "Oy vey" in Chinese?, 2 June 2012
Author: evening1 from New York City

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This compelling documentary begins and ends with Black Friday shoppers camped outside of a Walmart chock-full of stuff made in China.

That's where the United States stands now -- ravenously voracious for cheap, foreign-made products and seemingly never looking beyond that next purchase. Meanwhile, China, a country that 50 years ago was a shabby backwater, is positioned to leave us in its wake.

Young documentarian Silva-Braga seemingly got the idea for this film from his freespoken middle-aged mother, who refuses to buy anything made in China because she objects to its human-rights record and the fact that workers there can toil for $200 per month or less -- often for Western-based companies greedy for cheap labor.

He does a great job talking to Eastern and Western people alike -- common folks, academics, and business leaders -- about the ensuing shift in power between the Occident, which has dominated the world stage for half a millennium, and China, which despite censorship and repression is powered by hordes who may not be that creative but know how to make a renminbao. (How chilling that many of them don't seem to know about or remember Tiananmen and its "Tank Man," who disappeared after his stunning act of defiance.)

I enjoyed Silva-Braga's respectful yet probing approach. He's intelligent, sensitive, and brave. I'll look forward to seeing more of his work.

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