March 02, 2012
Winter 2012 Chinese Documentary Film Series - 1428
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Place: Angell Hall, Auditorium A
(enter via glass doors at fishbowl, off diag)
A film by Du Haibin (杜海滨); China, 2009; 117 minutes (Mandarin and Sichuan Dialect with English subtitles)
Further Information: Du Haibin’s award-winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province in 2008 explores how victims, citizens and the government respond to a national tragedy. The Great Sichuan Earthquake took place at 14:28 on May 12, 2008, causing 70,000 deaths and leaving 375,000 seriously injured. Days later, Du Haibin visited Sichuan to capture the devastation as well as the recovery effort . Survivors were reduced to salvaging destroyed pig farms in the mountains, selling scrap metal for pennies, and pillaging homes. Seven months later, as the national celebrated Chinese New Year, Du returned to see how life had changed in the stricken villages. Sidestepping the highly controlled media tours, Du found scenes not seen on official TV, exposing the gap between the Party’s promises and the disaster victims’ reality. “This is independent documentary at its most sophisticated” (Shelly Kraicer, Vancouver International Film Festival).
Posted by zzhu at March 2, 2012 03:11 PM