Screening Room

The People’s Court

Destined for the PBS 'Wide Angle' strand, The People's Court opens up the law schools and courtrooms of China for an unprecedented examination of that country's rapidly developing legal system. As much of China's system of jurisprudence has been a gray area until now, it is this generation that is creating the legal framework by which the country will be governed as it continues its unprecedented global expansion.
October 5, 2007


Destined for the PBS ‘Wide Angle’ strand, The People’s Court opens up the law schools and courtrooms of China for an unprecedented examination of that country’s rapidly developing legal system. As much of China’s system of jurisprudence has been a gray area until now, it is this generation that is creating the legal framework by which the country will be governed as it continues its unprecedented global expansion. The Chinese economy is threatening to surpass that of the US, and the system of justice being created today will have rippling effects over the coming decades.

As China continues its own glasnost, it becomes increasingly surprising. Films such as Court offer an opportunity for viewers to see this next global empire as it develops and, hopefully, such revelations will help dismiss some of the ignorance that usually leads to international conflict.

Partners: Xanadu Productions and Thirteen/WNET New York with the ITVS International Media Development Fund distributed through ro*co films international for PBS’ ‘Wide Angle’
Aired: July 2007 on PBS
Length: 45 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding Australia, China and the US

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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