Screening: a farmer’s struggle and yak dung

Screening: a farmer' title='Screening: a farmer' /></p> <p>Area of the film series<br></p> <p>Waking the Eco-friendly Tiger: Documentaries in the Front Lines of China's Ecological Crisis<br></p> <p>(August 18-27, 2014)</p> <p>Double-bill — registration admits to both films below:</p> <p><strong>A Farmer's Struggle</strong><br></p> <p>Dir. Zhao Liang. China. 2009. 30 min. Chinese with British subtitles.</p> <p>Desertification continues to be threatening livelihoods in lots of areas of China. In Minqin, Gansu province, a maturing player and the wife would be the only occupants left within this small village that's more and more ingested through the evolving desert. Becoming an adult fishing inside a local lake which has since dried out, the player presently has they are driving to a different village for water. As the government encourages families to maneuver to Xinjiang using the offer of the subsidy, that old couple stays put — for now at least — to protect their house.</p> <p><strong>Yak Dung</strong><br></p> <p><img style='margin: 5px; clear:both;Dir. Lanzhe. China. 2010. 50 min. Tibetan with British subtitles.

For nomadic families around the Tibetan Plateau, yak dung is really a renewable and easily available power source for remaining warm, making sacrifices and supplying light. Yak dung can also be accustomed to build homes and fences, fertilize grass, so that as a medicinal component, detergent, and material for sculptures. It’s an indispensable area of the Tibetan culture and livelihood. Coping with yak dung belongs to a life-style which has coexisted with nature for hundreds of years. But increasing numbers of people around the plateau are drifting from by doing this of existence.

Getting nothing you’ve seen prior designed a film, director Lanzhe attended film training workshops organized through the Shanshui Conservation Center, a Beijing-based ecological NGO that actually works in Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan, and Shaanxi provinces in western China. Its program “Eyes from the Village Nature and Culture” trains and empowers amateurs to create films to document lives in their own individual habitats. A number of these trainees, for example Lanzhe, were obtaining a video camera the very first time within their existence.

Q&A to follow along with with Sun Shan, former Director from the Shanshui Conservation Center. Moderated by Michael Zhao, Multimedia Producer, Focus on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society.

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