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After an earthquake levels Bichuan, China, a modern replica rises with astounding speed, but while a city can be rebuilt quickly, reconstructing a community’s heart and soul is a long, emotional journey for the survivors.

Filmmaker Interviews

Filmmaker Qi Zhao discusses the making of the POV documentary Fallen City.

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Engineers flood the destroyed city of Beichuan with water from a nearby unstable "quake lake," formed by landslides after the earthquake, that threaten to further devastate the Sichuan area.

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In this extra scene from Fallen City, Hong dreams about the aftermath of the earthquake and recalls his father's disappearance.

Classroom Clips

Li Guihua and her neighbors compare the environment of new Beichuan to their old city.

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The new Beichuan nears completion, attracting billions of yuan in investment.

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A news report announces the construction of the new Beichuan city and the future it offers residents of the old city.

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The ruined city of old Beichuan is turned into a museum open to tourists.

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Li Guihua discusses finding meaning and happiness in her life after the earthquake.

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Hong reflects on the loneliness he and his mother experienced after his father went missing.

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Mr. Peng reminisces about his daughter, who went missing in the Beichuan earthquake.

  • Updated on September 14, 2015

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Film Information

Fallen City (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 28, 2014

Streaming Dates: Sept. 14, 2015 – Oct. 13, 2015

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Qi Zhao Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Season Announcement | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet


Qi Zhao
Qi Zhao

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Critical Acclaim

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

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