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SynopsisThe “Great Sichuan Earthquake” took place at 14:28 on May 12, 2008.10 days after: Scenes not seen on official/TV, “survival” is the keyword. Ordinary people are salvaging destroyed pig farms in the mountains, recuperating cents-worth scrapped metals, or pillaging victims’ homes. Behind the highly-mediatized official visits, inconsolable grief of families searching for loved ones. Throughout, a vagabond in tattered clothes wanders among the ruins, observing tragic scenes. A monk and a Taoist visionary suggest: “the earthquake is the consequence of Earth-Gods no longer worshipped.”
210 days after: Harsh winter, villagers preparing for Lunar New Year, the Vagabond and family are detailing grievances about the ill-handling of rebuilding schemes and relief funds. Gearing up for a high official’s visit, comes a thorough clean-up of the villages and tent-resettlement for refugees. Promise made for all to live in houses in winter seems tough to keep. Fake parts in the community transformer brought electricity blackout for New Year’s Eve reunion dinners. New Year 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 over 70000 people perished in seconds.
Film Festivals and Award
※ Orizzonti Prize for Best documentary, the 66th Venice International Film Festival, 2009
※ The 28th International Environmental Film Festival, Special Documentary Mention,2010
※ The 9th Vienna International Film Festival, 2009
※ The 28th Vancouver Film Festival
※ The 6th Hong Kong Asian Film festival
※ The 1st Hong Kong Independent Film Festival, 2009
※ The 46th Taipei Golden Horse International Film Festival
※ The 6th Dubai International Film Festival, Muhr Awards Documentary competition
※ The 12rh BLACK MOVIE, Film Festival
※ The 32nd Cinéma du reel competitive section
※ MOMA Documentary Fortnight 2010
※ ZagrebDox 2010 competition
※ South Taiwan Film Festival The Best Documentary Film
※ The 28th International Environmental Film Festival, competition.
※ Shadows film festival 2010/11
※ DOK-FILM-FORUM / Goethe-Institut Shanghai
 
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