FAQ

FAQ

What is Better Angels?

Better Angels is a new feature documentary by two-time Academy Award®–winning director Malcolm Clarke that explores how the destiny of the United States and China became so deeply and inextricably intertwined. By examining the day-to-day lives of ordinary Chinese and American citizens, this feature-length documentary asks; Can the United States survive the rise of China? Is confrontation inevitable? Or, by rediscovering our Better Angels, can we find a way to grow beyond our mutual suspicions and misperceptions, to create a stable and prosperous alliance that could benefit the entire world?

Who directed and produced the film?

WILLIAM MUNDELL presents BETTER ANGELS

in association with CREON FILMS LLC & BEIJING FANTAISIE LTD.

A MÉDIA VÉRITÉ (Chine) INC. & ARTeFACT ENTERTAINMENT INC Production

Produced by William Mundell & Yi Han

A film by MALCOLM CLARKE

Where can I see the film?

Please take a look at our Upcoming Screenings section.

Is this film eligible for awards consideration?

Yes. The film will have its theatrical run in November, and is eligible for all awards consideration.

Why did you make this film?

The United States and China, both economic and cultural behemoths, have arguably the most important bilateral relationship in the world. As these two superpowers rise in tandem, we all have a vested interest in seeing the two countries navigate toward a peaceful, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationship.

We believe the first step toward such a relationship is fostering understanding and empathy among the citizens of both countries, and that is what this film aims to do. The film explores the human and cultural impact of both countries, and the unlimited possibilities – economic, cultural, and personal – of a relationship forged in openness, curiosity, and respect.

We hope that this film will encourage citizens in both China and the U.S. to engage as full stakeholders in the future of U.S.-China relations.

Who funded the film?

100% of the film’s funding came from American and Canadian sources, and editorial control of the film was shared between American producer Bill Mundell and British director Malcolm Clarke. There was no Chinese money involved in the film’s production.

Do you have a political or policy goal for this film?

While we hope that both American and Chinese citizens – as well as the leaders and policy makers in both countries – will come away from this film with an enhanced understanding of the full potential for the future of the U.S.-China relationship, there is no specific political agenda behind this film.

While the film is being released into a heavily politicized environment, and we included footage from the Trump campaign as it was relevant to the story we were already telling, the film is not an advocate for a specific policy.

Why are you releasing the film now?

We conceived of and began producing Better Angels five years ago, and it was a mammoth undertaking, with 850 hours of footage shot across four continents. While we could never have predicted that we would release the film into the current political environment – with the U.S. and China teetering on the brink of a full-blown trade war – the film’s messages have never been more relevant or urgent.

Are you showing the same version of the film in both the U.S. and China?

Yes. The film presents a unified message for both American and Chinese audiences.