UCFC invites you to join us for a special online screening of the latest Chinese film “1921”, as well as a Q&A with Professor Astrid Nordin.

Screening of 1921

August 27 | Time: 19:00 – 22: 30 (BST)

1921, Shanghai – a city divided up into separate foreign-occupied zones and loyalties. A group of passionate young Chinese intellectuals flood the streets to reclaim their country, sparking a revolution whose impact continues to this day.

A blockbuster epic that charts the lengths dreamers will go to in order to change the world, 1921 combines spy warfare with sweeping romance to present the forming of modern China.

Post-screening Q&A Professor Astrid Nordin

August 28 | Time: 13:00 – 14: 00 (BST)

Professor Astrid Nordin holds the Lau Chair of Chinese International Relations in the Lau China Institute. She is also Senior Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures, and Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Astrid’s research develops critical conceptual tools that draw on Chinese and other global traditions of thought, and uses these to understand global challenges as they relate to China’s growing global role – from the Belt and Road Initiative, through sustainable cities, to practices of censorship and resistance. Her favourite thing about her job is learning new things from exciting people, and she welcomes suggestions for collaboration relating to her expertise.

The Webinar Q&A will be hosted by Dr Hiu Man Chan, Founder & Director of UK-China Film Collab.

Screening Information

Title: 1921 | Directors: Wang Jianxin, Zheng Dasheng| Language: Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian, French (with English subtitles) | Duration: 147 minutes | BBFC Certificate: 15

Technical Instructions

After your registration, an email will be sent before the event takes place with links to both the private screening and the Q&A.

The film will begin at 19:00 on August 27 Friday on time.

Here are some instructions on how to connect your laptop or device to your TV.

Existing Debates

Variety: “China’s Propaganda Film ‘1921’ Bounces Back”

The Independent: “Chinese propaganda film 1921 outperforms Hollywood releases in China with $13 million opening day”

The Economist: “A Chinese film removes scenes featuring a young Mao Zedong”

Gulf News: “How Chinese film ‘1921’ is celebrating the country’s rich history”

The Diplomat: “CCP Martyrs ‘Still Youthful’ in New Film”

China.org: Film ‘1921’ finds light among China’s revolutionary heroes

Yahoo News: “1921 review: A docudrama about the founding of the Chinese Communist Party”

The Strait Times: “1921 depicts founding of Communist Party of China as spy thriller and action movie”

China Daily: “Epic film to retell the founding of CPC”


Event collaborator: Lau China Institute, King’s College London

Screening Licensor: Trinity CineAsia, “1921”‘s UK & Ireland distributor

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