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Up the Yangtze

Synopsis
The Three Gorges Dam, the largest engineering project since the Great Wall and hotly contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle, provides the epic and unsettling backdrop for UP THE YANGTZE, a dramatic and disquieting feature documentary on life inside the 21st century Chinese dream. Among the two million losing their livelihood to the dam are the Yu family who must now send their daughter off to work. In a bitter irony she’s been hired into a strange apocalyptic tourist trade that thrives along the river, offering a glimpse of a legendary world before it disappears forever.The documentary juxtaposes the poignant and sharply observed details of Yu Shui’s story against the monumental and ominous forces at work all around her. Where Western passengers take in the spectral views, consuming entertainment on the spacious upper decks, while Yu Shui toils in the galley down below, vying with workmates for the few permanent positions.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Year of release
2008
Availability
out of distribution
Subjects
Geography
Keywords
China; dams; social geography

Credits

Contributor
Yung Chang

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 NTSC
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
93 minutes
Year
2008

Distributor

Name

Artefact Media

Address
1 Park View Road
Brighton
BN3 7BF
Notes
Artefact Media ceased trading in 2014

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