My friends Caroline, Max and River have produced a remarkable documentary film about sustainable development in China. During the summer of 2007 they traveled to nine cities along China’s rapidly developing eastern seaboard from Harbin in the north to Shenzhen in the south. Their goal was “to investigate common misconceptions about the potential for mass-scale sustainable construction.”
This map shows the 9 cities visited. From north to south; Harbin, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Suzhou, Cixi, Shanghai, Shenzhen
They have produced a film which “portrays the sheer scale of China’s construction industry while engaging the viewer in the reality of how this industry works. It also provides an in-depth discussion of the barriers and opportunities for China to ‘go green’. High level developers present their experiences alongside government officials, product manufacturers, architects and lawyers.” Don’t let the mention of that last profession discourage you from buying this film. The Green Dragon filmmakers have miraculously found a lawyer who is not only knowledgeable, articulate, and benevolent, but extremely photogenic as well. An in-depth online multi-media report accompanies the film and can be accessed here. A DVD of the film is only $15, or you can download it for a measly $8 here.
For those of you in or around Washington, DC there will be a screening of the film on March 19:
The Green Dragon – Environmental Film Festival Screening
Wednesday, March 19 2008, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Jennifer L. Turner, Woodrow Wilson Center; Caroline Harrison, Filmmaker
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