Waking the Green Tiger

Waking the Green Tiger is an electrifying account of a group of villagers and farmers close to China's Tiger Leaping Gorge on the verge of losing everything to a massive dam project. Banding together with activists and journalists, the film taps into a broadening sense of community and environmentalism that grows beyond their single issue with remarkable results.


Directors

Gary Marcuse

Country

Canada

Year

2011

Running Time

78 mins

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Waking the Green TigerWaking the Green Tiger is a raw and electrifying account of ordinary people in rural China standing up to a juggernaut to try and preserve their homes and native culture in its spectacular setting close to Tiger Leaping Gorge, a UNESCO heritage site. Ittraces a small group of villagers and older farmers from the upper Yangtze River on the verge of losing everything to a massive dam project. To remarkable effect, their struggle merges with a new and growing concern about environmental degradation and a revolutionary law enabling citizens to voice their standpoints. Banding together with plainspoken activists and earnest journalists, the film taps into a broadening sense of community and environmentalism that grows beyond their single issue. It's exhilarating to see the inhabitants of the valley meet their neighbors on the opposite hillside to inform them of the impending danger by means of footage from this very film. While gains are made, none are easily acquired as underscored by chilling attempts to bully activists and journalists.

Screening: March 03, 2012, at New People Cinema. USA Premiere.

With: Gary Marcuse, director; Betsy Carson, producer; Katy Yan, China Program Coordinator, International Rivers.