Well, saw that one coming
: the 11th Annual Beijing Independent Film Festival
was nipped in the bud on Day 1 by throngs of police and "village thugs," according to a source who was at the opening on Saturday. Entrance was barred; hard drives, DVDs, and cameras were confiscated; Li Xianting
and another key festival organizer were detained; crowds were dispersed. This is a much heavier crackdown than last year's, when the festival was permitted to commence with a heavily redacted schedule
. This year it was just definitively smashed to dust by the hard fist of the law.
So, yeah. If you were planning to head down to Songzhuang between now and August 31, maybe don't.