Waking the Green Tiger (Film Screening)
Waking the Green Tiger
Director Gary Marcuse
2011, Canada. 78 min.
Starts at 6:30 pm
Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers, and journalists Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project on the upper Yangtze river in southwestern China. Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, the documentary also examines Chairman Mao’s campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress.
An environmental movement takes root when a new environmental law is passed and for the first time in China’s history, ordinary citizens have the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions. Activists test their freedom to challenge a dam. The movement they trigger could transform China.
Followed by Q&A with the director, Gary Marcuse. Moderated by Michael Zhao, Multimedia Producer, Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society.
Gary Marcuse is a writer, director, and producer for Face to Face Media, an independent production company based in Vancouver, Canada. His recent films include Nuclear Dynamite (2000) on the Soviet-American race to develop nuclear explosives and the birth of the American environmental movement; ARKTIKA: The Russian Dream that Failed (2004) on the conquest of the Russian Arctic; and Waking the Green Tiger (2011).
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