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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Fallen City and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Fallen City: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use Fallen City to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.

The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.

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Film Information

Fallen City (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 28, 2014

Streaming Dates: Expired

Photos: Download Here

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Qi Zhao Bio | Interview | Statement

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


Qi Zhao
Qi Zhao

Film Update

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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