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The Coming War on China

London’s Picturehouse Central will play host to a very special screening of dramatic new documentary film: The Coming War on China followed by a live Q&A with acclaimed director John Pilger, on Monday 5th December.

London’s Picturehouse Central will play host to a very special screening of dramatic new documentary film: The Coming War on China followed by a live Q&A with acclaimed director John Pilger, on Monday 5th December.

A nuclear war between the United States and China is not only imaginable but a current ‘contingency’, says the Pentagon. Emmy and BAFTA award winning director John Pilger’s 60th film, and the first since 2013’s Utopia, is his most urgent work to date and is both a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.


The Coming War on China, filmed over two years across five potential flashpoints in Asia and the Pacific, reveals the build-up to war on more than 400 US military bases that encircle China in a ‘perfect noose’.

Using rare archive and remarkable interviews with witnesses, Pilger’s sobering film discloses America’s secret history in the region – the destruction wrought by the equivalent of one Hiroshima every day for 12 years, and the top secret ‘Project 4.1’ that made guinea pigs of the population of the Marshall Islands.


In key interviews from Pentagon war planners to members of China’s confident new political class – who rarely feature in Western reports, Pilger’s film challenges the notion and propaganda of China as a new ‘enemy’.

Pilger says: “The aim of this film is to break a silence. A new cold war is under way along with the drumbeat to war, this time with the real possibility of nuclear weapons. ‘The Coming War’ is also a film about the human spirit and the rise of an extraordinary resistance in faraway places. On the island of Okinawa, home to 32 US bases, the population is challenging the greatest military power in the world. On the Korean island of Jeju, villagers block the entrance to a new nuclear naval base, with its missiles aimed at China.”

An ode to a people-power ignored by the news, The Coming War on China is partly funded by one of the most successful crowd funding appeals for a British documentary, as well as support from ITV, the Bertha Foundation, and the Reva and David Logan Foundation.


The film will also include a brand new segment; one of the first cinematic responses to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and the potential consequences for US foreign policy and relations with China.

Running Time: 110 minutes
Rated: 12A

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