Countdown on the Yangtze

The documentary invites viewers on a journey along the Yangtze - the most important river in China. More than 2000 kilometers away from the capital, building has been underway on a structure of unimaginable size: The world's largest dam. The price of this progress: six million people are forced to relocate. Back in 1995, the filmmakers traversed the same. The comparison with the most recent footage shows how much life has changed in just a few years. An impressive documentation of a very old world, and one that is just coming into being.
For WDR, in collaboration with ARTE
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Written and directed by: Shi Ming, Thomas Weidenbach // camera: Michael Kern // sound: Stefan Nowak, Georg Brodegger // film editor: Jan Wilm Schmülling // music: Stefan Döring // production manager: Oliver Gontram // executive producer: Thomas Weidenbach // commissioning editors: Christiane Hinz, Susanne Schettler, produced by LÄNGENGRAD Filmproduktion

  • Bayerischer Fernsehpreis 'Der blaue Panther'
  • Ecotopfilm &nsash; International Festival of Sustainable Development Films in Bratislava, Prize of the Ministry of Economy and Construction of the Slovac Republic, 2010
  • Silver Screen Award, International US Film and Video Festival, West Hollywood/USA
  • Finalist New York festivals
  • Presented during the festival 'Großes Fernsehen', NRW-Medienforum
  • Prize for the best Documentary or Drama at the 'European Environment in TV and New Media Festival 2009', London
Running time: 45 min, 52 min / in HD

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