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