Waking the Green Tiger: A Green Movement Rises in China

Waking the Green Tiger: A Green Movement Rises in China


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Gary Marcuse / Canada / 2011 / 78 min.

Poorly informed and influenced by local propaganda, farmers in southwest China don’t seem to have a problem with leaving their homes due to the construction of a reservoir. Yunnan province has experienced similar gigantic projects on the nearby Mekong and Nujiang rivers. However, thanks to the environmental movement which maps the terrible impact of such an intervention and warns villagers against it, construction on the upper stream of the Yangtze River meets unexpected resistance. The massive devastation of Chinese natural wealth has occurred in various forms under the pretext of endless progress that dates back to Mao’s Cultural Revolution. This documentary contains unique footage from the period when people were convinced of the possibility of wielding absolute control over nature – thinking that persists in China today. The film shows that environmental activism is finally awakening, even in China. The campaign to save the valley and protect the farms and villages on the Upper Yangtze showed, for the first time, that ordinary people could oppose the dam developers.



Thematic Category: ECO section

Production:
Gary Marcuse
Face to Face Media
1818 Grants Street
V5L 2Y8
Vancouver
Canada
e-mail: marcuse@facetofacemedia.ca
website: www.facetofacemedia.ca