(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
San Francisco, CA – “Waking the Green Tiger” is a feature documentary in the San Francisco Green Film Festival. The story tells the story about a group of journalists, activists and farmers who launch a campaign to stop a massive dam project on the Upper Yangtze River in southern China.
The director of the documentary, Gary Marcuse, says China has become more open in the last decade compared to the era of Chairman Mao. He adds, “Man must conquer nature back then. This is so important and everybody had to go along with it. For a long time, nobody was telling any story about the environment because it would be anti-socialist. It would be against development. But then it began to change because protecting the environment is part of the future of China.”
Marcuse said because of economic development in 1950s and 1960s, millions of people in China mobilized in campaigns that reshaped China’s landscape, destroying lakes, marshes, forests and grasslands. But in the last 10 years, more Chinese are concerned about the environment issues. The government also for the first time passed a new environmental law and allowed the media to report on these issues. Marcuse says, “For the first time, because people had right to speak out, there was national debate that took place about whether is good to build these dams or not .” He also added that the movement could trigger the potential to transform China.
People who are interested in the documentary can go to www.facetofacemedia.ca for more information.
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