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The democracy world tour

Travelling the world, looking for films and funding for a ten-part BBC series, I find that dreams of a democratic world are as strong as ever

By Nick Fraser   October 2007

April 2004. In Tiananmen Square, standing under the giant image of Mao and surrounded by bright dragon kites, the oddity of my assignment finally strikes home. Twenty-odd young Chinese intellectuals have come to the basement of a Beijing hotel in order to pitch ideas for ten films about democracy. One hopeful would like to show how it is becoming possible, by struggling against the authorities, to own an apartment. Another shows how peasants are beginning to take the Party to court for corruption.

With two colleagues from South Africa and Paris, I am here on behalf of the BBC. This…

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