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Lights, Camera, Censorship: Examining China’s
Influence on Hollywood
|China is wielding an increasing amount of influence over Hollywood, a cornerstone of American soft power. Disney’s recent live-action remake of Mulan has drawn backlash for filming in Xinjiang, while the 2016 film Dr. Strange scrubbed a Tibetan character. They are just two examples of how Hollywood is making decisions on films and scripts to cater to the large Chinese market. Our panelists examine the latest controversy over Mulan, look at why and how Beijing wants to influence the American film industry, and discuss future trends. Moderated by FCC correspondent governor, Shibani Mahtani.|
James Tager, deputy director of free expression research and policy at PEN America, is the principal author of the group’s recent report, Made in Hollywood, Censored in Beijing. Tager previously worked with the International Commission of Jurists—Asia & Pacific Program, first as a Satter Human Rights Fellow and subsequently as an International Associate Legal Advisor.
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, China reporter at Axios. Before joining Axios, Bethany was the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ China Cables project, a major leak of classified Chinese government documents revealing the inner workings of mass internment camps in Xinjiang. Previously, Bethany was an editor and contributing reporter at Foreign Policy magazine and a national security reporter at The Daily Beast. Bethany spent four years in China and is now based in Washington, DC.
Rebecca Davis, China bureau chief, Variety. Based in Beijing, she reports on the world’s second-largest movie market and burgeoning television industry. Davis was formerly a reporter with Agence France-Presse where she covered breaking news on topics ranging from politics to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and landslides in Sichuan, and culture and lifestyle.
Speaker: James Tager; Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian; Rebecca Davis,