River • Town
Because the Chinese government wants to renovate hydropower stations on the JinSha River (the famous river in China). Large numbers of people who had lived on the river for generations had to leave their homes and move to unfamiliar cities. If residents do not want to leave, the government will resort to coercive measures.
The disappearance of homeland and the disconnection of memory make us to question eternity and the meaning of home. The long-existing lifestyle disappeared suddenly and people couldn’t figure out whether man will or the nation will could conquer the nature in the rapid development.
We can only believe in a better tomorrow because we have no choice.
The last image of our homeland is a broken river and a disappearing town, and it is also the last elegy for our past.
Ma Zhandong, independent documentary producer, has filmed and produced tens of documentary films long and short. His works have been screened on film festivals in Germany, Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, France, Japan, Hongkong and etc.
At the same time, he has been creating short art films and videos. He is interviewed by ARTE (France) at 2009. He serves respectively as the final film Juror for the 14th Beijing Independent Film Exhibition in China and the shortlist juror for the 12th FIRST Youth Film Exhibition.
Chinese Documentary Festival, Champion, Features (Hong Kong)
The 12th China independent film festival (Documentary humanitarian award, Nanjing)
ATP Award TV Grand Prix （ATP Award for Excellence, Tokyo)
Work Collection: Newcastle University Library Special Collections (UK) / Columbia University East Asian Library (USA) / C. V. Starr East Asian Library Columbia University
Hongkong Chinese University