Sat 03.03 // 5:30 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
WAKING THE GREEN TIGER – THE RISE OF A GREEN MOVEMENT IN CHINA
Canada, 2011, 78 min.
In English and Mandarin with English Subtitles.
USA Premiere. In person: Gary Marcuse, Director; Betsy Carson, Producer; Peter Bosshard. Policy Director, International Rivers; Katy Yan, China Program Coordinator, International Rivers
Waking 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. It traces 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. Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Canadian at Film in the 2011 Planet in Focus Film Festival, Toronto and voted among the top ten Canadian films at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival. ~ Misha Antonich
Screening supported by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco & Silicon Valley.
Co-presented with the Center for Asian American Media, International Rivers, and Pacific Environment.