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Rewi Alley retraces the events and achievements of over 50 years in China.

“It may yet rank as one of the great human adventures of our time.” So wrote famed Sinologist Edgar Snow, of the remarkable work of Rewi Alley, the longest-lived European in China, and a Westerner unique in his understanding of Chinese culture and society.

“Gung Ho: Rewi Alley of China and The Humble Force were filmed during April, May and June 1979 on one of the most extensive trips undertaken in China by a foreign film crew in recent times. The crew accompanied Alley on a marathon 15,000 kilometres journey where Alley visited places where he lived and worked during the turbulent years of the Revolution including the distant areas of Mongolia and the Old Silk Road near the border of Tibet.”

“At 82, Rewi Alley is one of the last of the hundred percenters - a survivor from a small group of foreigners who have worked since the thirties for China’s revolution. Alley is perhaps the most knowledgeable foreigner in China - from the inside.”

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Year 1979

Reference number F8039

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Television

Duration 0:50:00

Production company New Zealand National Film Unit, Phase Three Film Productions

Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington

Credits Director: Geoff Steven
Producer: John Maynard
Script: Geoff Chapple
Script: Geoff Steven
Camera: Leon Narbey
Sound: Graham Morris
Mix: Brian Shennan
Editor: Annie Collins
Assistant Editor: Barbara Hardy
Commentary: Peter Vere-Jones
Laboratory: National Film Unit
Executive Producer: David H Fowler