2009. China. Haibin Du. 117 min.
Monday, March 1, 2010, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2009. China. Directed by Haibin Du. The Great Sichuan Earthquake took place at 14:28 on May 12, 2008. Days later, victims were reduced to salvaging destroyed pig farms in the mountains, recuperating scrap metals for the equivalent of pennies in profit, and pillaging homes. Some seven months after the earthquake, when villagers are preparing for the Lunar New Year, and promises made for all to live in houses in winter seem tough to keep, the director goes beyond the highly mediated official visits to shows us scenes not seen on official TV. New Year‘s Day starts as never-ending parade of tourists buying DVDs of the most horrific scenes, souvenir albums of corpses being pulled out of the ruins, and photo-taking in front of Beichuan, the town most severely hit, where tens of thousands of people perished in seconds. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 117 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film
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