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“Cinema freedom” is what Chinese protestors demand. They need Hollywood’s assistance.

Crowds calling for “cinema freedom” should spark reflection from Hollywood filmmakers and executives. The Chinese film market has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Some U.S. studios have simply written China off, assuming a box office of zero when greenlighting projects. The word “China” appears zero times in this nearly 5,000-word Hollywood Reporter feature. That’s odd not just as a human rights issue. Chinese audiences remain enraptured by the original “Avatar” of the 10 highest-grossing films of all time, only one failed to secure a release in China.