Up the Yangtze

This gorgeous film deservedly won the Genie Award for Best Documentary this year.

It airs tonight:
Sunday May 3, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

 

Up the Yangtze tells two Chinese stories – the wide-angle story of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest construction project since the Great Wall, and the close-up story of Yu Shui, a teenager whose house is destroyed by the rising waters. Ironically, Yu Shui gets a job supporting her destitute family on the very tour boat that takes rich Westerners up the Yangtze river for a nostalgic ride before it is all but destroyed by the rising waters.

Click here for much more information about the film, and links to a Q&A with director Yung Chang, photos, trailer and discussion.

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