Apotheosis of Xi Continues as Propaganda Film ‘My Country is Incredible’ Dominates Ticket Sales
ICC Note: Personal worship of Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to expand, as the government orders state-owned enterprises and government-linked agencies to watch the propaganda film “My Country is Incredible.” This documentary exalts China’s achievements and infrastructure after Xi came to power in 2012, further imposing Xi’s ideology on Chinese society.
03/07/2018 China (Radio Free Asia) – The ruling Chinese Communist Party has ordered its nearly 90 million members to watch a propaganda movie titled “My Country is Incredible,” sending the nationwide box office ratings sky-high on the first day of its release in movie theaters, RFA has learned.
As the country’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), mulled plans that would allow President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely, the feature length documentary on the “historic achievements of the 18th Party Congress” at which Xi first took power, sold more than 40 million yuan worth of tickets on the first day.
The figures came after state-owned companies and government-linked agencies across the country were instructed to organize trips to see the film, as well as “discussion groups” about its content afterwards, leaked documents reveal.
A leaked directive issued by party authorities in the state-owned mobile service provider China Unicom and seen by RFA ordered all party members at every level of the organization to view the movie.
“All party members in every unit at every level must see this film,” the Feb. 27 notice reads. “The cost of the tickets will come from the party expenses budget.”
It said one third of party members in China Unicom should have been to see the documentary by Mar. 4, within the first three days after its opening in cinemas.
“The remainder of party members must have seen it within one month after opening,” the directive said.
It ordered work units at every level in the company hierarchy to organize at least one meeting to discuss the movie, and report back to party propaganda teams on “the feelings” of participants.
Attendance figures for viewing the movie in the first three days must be reported back by 6.00 p.m. on Mar. 4, and the remainder by Apr. 1, the notice said.
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