Up the Yangtze

EWB Film Night - March 2011, Up the Yangtze

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6 years 27 weeks ago

March's film night features Up the Yangtze, a 2007 documentary film directed by Chinese-Canadian director Yung Chang. The theme of the film is the transition towards consumer capitalism from a farming, peasant-based economy as China develops its rural areas.

A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze — navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as “The River.” The Yangtze is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. At the river’s edge — a young woman says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. The Three Gorges Dam — contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle — provides the epic backdrop for Up the Yangtze, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside modern China.

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