After the premiere of the documentary Amazing China on Feb 27, prolonged applause broke out in a Beijing auditorium. A retired civil servant said she had a flight to catch but kept watching the film until the end of the credits.
The film focuses on the major achievements the country has made since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012 under Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
Speaking about the documentary, Wei Tie, the director, says: "The film arouses Chinese pride from deep inside."
The documentary focuses on key Chinese infrastructure projects in aerospace, high-speed rail, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the world’s largest single-dish telescope FAST.
In the film, Lin Ming, the chief engineer of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project, says: "In the past, what kind of projects we took up was decided by what kind of facilities we had. But, nowadays, no matter what kind of projects we are assigned, we develop the technology to complete it."
His voice is calm but his words show the country’s self-confidence.
Speaking of the significance of the new documentary for the Chinese, La Peikang, the head of China Film Corp, says: "It’s not only about showing the achievements, but presenting the status quo of China.
China is the world’s second-largest economy. But the country still faces "the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life", as stated in the CPC’s 19th National Congress in November. However, as this cinematic production proves, the documentary is a good way for the country to boost self-confidence and to aspire for a brighter future.