Extremely well produced and educational historical documentary. Explains much about anti-Western, anti-Colonial sentiment in modern China.
China: The Roots of Madness is a 1967 Cold War era, made-for-TV documentary film produced by David L. Wolper, written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Theodore H. White with production cost funded by a donation from John and Paige Curran.
The film has been released under Creative Commons license. It won an Emmy Award in the documentary category.
The film attempts to analyze the anti-Western sentiment in China from the official American perspective, covering 170 years of China’s political history, from Boxer Rebellion of the Qing Dynasty to Red Guards of Cultural Revolution.
The film focuses on the power struggle between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party of China, amid heavy political intervention from Moscow, with Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong playing the pivotal role at the center stage.