PBS Premiere: July 28, 2014
Online: Sept. 14, 2015 – Oct. 13, 2015
In today’s go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt — boasting new and improved civic amenities — in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors. Three families struggle with loss — most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren — and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Qi Zhao offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS International. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).
Fallen City (60 min.)
July 28, 2014
What makes Fallen City more compelling than most documentaries of its kind is its emphasis on how its subjects grapple with the challenges of life still to be lived.
— Leslie Felperin, Variety
Somber and respectful.
— The Hollywood Reporter
... simply heartbreaking.
— Mike Hale, The New York Times
... intimate and individually human, connected to the land and to living things.
— Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
It will stay with you.
— Raymond Kouguell, Voice of America