Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Up The Yangtze

Hi everyone!
I'm mainly testing out the email-posting capabilities of this thing, but I wanted to mention a really great documentary I saw the other day on the Netflix. It's an interesting juxtaposition of wealth and poverty, men and women, and rural and urban life in the context of "farewell cruises" ferrying westerners around cities that were soon to be submerged by the Three Gorges Dam.

(Stolen from IMDB)
A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze - navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as "The River." The Yangtze is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. At the river's edge - a young woman says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. The Three Gorges Dam - contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle - provides the epic backdrop for Up the Yangtze, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside modern China.


Alex Steinberger said...

watched it yesterday, very moving. Some of those soon to be flooded cities looked post-apocalyptic.

Ethan Seltzer said...

Andy and all... looking forward to your tales of work and travel. Thanks for doing this!! Ethan

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