Made in China : A documentary film by John Helde  


DVD contains the 70 minute film, as well as over 30 minutes of additional scenes and interviews.


MADE IN CHINA on Documentary Channel

MADE IN CHINA premiered on Documentary Channel (DOC) in August 2008 as part of a special event showcasing China-themed films in celebration of the Beijing Olympics and screened through 2011.


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Critical Acclaim

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"Helde takes a refreshing approach to the subject of home, homeland, the powerful imprint of childhood, and the peculiar wonder of discovering your parents were once children, too. At the same time, he illuminates a nearly forgotten history experienced by a rapidly passing generation, one brought into relief thanks to Helde's highly engaging obsession." - Belinda Acosta, The Austin Chronicle


"Family documentary is hard to do well. 'Made in China'...marked the debut of a director with the subtle gifts needed to pull it off. Helde has a sense of humor and a talent for drawing links between things ...The quest - Helde's search for details of his father's life that his father would never discuss - becomes as interesting as the answers Helde uncovers." - Christopher Frizzelle, The Stranger


"Like many of the best documentaries, John Helde's personal and very moving 'Made in China' starts out to be about one thing - a look at Helde's father Tom's childhood as an American boy in 1930s China - and, in doing so, ends up being about something else...Ultimately, it's a story of a son coming to understand his father - and of what it means to be at home." - Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Times

Earthquake Relief

Thanks to all of you who attended our June 2008 benefit - together we raised over $1000 for Sichuan earthquake victims. It's not too late to help! If you'd like to contribute to relief efforts, please click here to donate through Mercy Corps.


Cal State LA May 2009

Wisconsin Film Festival April 2009

US Television Premiere on Documentary Channel August 2008

Seattle Art Museum's SAM at 75 Community Celebration July 2008

Benefit screening for earthquake relief in Sichuan June 2008 (Seattle)

30th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival February 2008 (Carbondale)

Northwest Film & Video Festival November 2007 (Portland)

Local Sightings Film Festival October 2007 (Seattle)

Austin Film Festival October 2007

Vancouver International Film Festival September/October 2007

IFP Market September 2007 (New York)

Seattle International Film Festival June 2007

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