Documentary Screening “The Bamboo Bridge”

China is a mystery to Western eyes. There is no easy way to understand this giant that imposes itself through the barriers of language, customs and history – full of political and economic upheavals. In this documentary, award-winning Brazilian journalist Jayme Martins and his family take us on an unprecedented journey to understand China. With testimonies and images of important historical and sentimental value, the Martins family recount their experiences of a period when foreigners rarely had access to Chinese territory. They tell what it was like to live in communist China from the 1960s onwards, to witness Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square massacre, and to experience the economic reform that culminated in the economic superpower that China has become.

70 years after the Communist Revolution and 30 years after Tiananmen, award-winning director Marcelo Machado dives into Jayme Martins’ memories and goes to China, where he himself also has emotional connections.

Date: Monday 8 April, 12:15-14:15


12:15-12:25 Introduction by Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki

12:30-13:47 Documentary screening

13:47-14:15 Our special guests Raquel Martins and Matti Lehtonen will have dialogue with audience

If you are interested in coming, please directly sign up here before 1 April, 2024. Venue will be in the city center campus of the University of Helsinki. You will get the information of the venue a few days before the actual event.