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Up the Yangtze The construction of China's massive Three Gorges Dam has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes — a human up¬heaval almost too gigantic… Unrated PT94M Documentary
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Up the Yangtze

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Chen Bo Yu , who plays Jerry, in Chongqing City's Liberty Square
Image credit: Lixin Fan
Chen Bo Yu, who plays Jerry, in Chongqing City's Liberty Square
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Details Rated: Unrated; Length: 94 Minutes; Genre: Documentary

The construction of China's massive Three Gorges Dam has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes — a human up¬heaval almost too gigantic to conceive. Yet filmmaker Yung Chang finds a sad and beautiful way to glimpse the big picture of dislocation through an exquisitely poised small study: He focuses his thoughtful documentary eye on one peasant family whose home is about to be swept away by planned flooding — and whose eldest daughter must abandon dreams of college to work on a cruise ship that offers Western tourists photo ops on the eve of destruction. A

Originally posted May 07, 2008 Published in issue #991 May 16, 2008 Order article reprints