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Up the Yangtze
Sur le Yangzi
  • Canada (Québec) | 2007 | 93 minutes
  • Un film de Yung Chang

Un luxueux bateau de croisière glisse sur le Yangzi, mythique voie navigable que les Chinois appellent simplement "le fleuve". "Profitez-en maintenant!" Le Yangzi est sur le point d'être transformé par le barrage hydroélectrique le plus important de l'histoire. Au bord du fleuve, une jeune femme dit au revoir à sa famille alors que les eaux montent vers leur modeste terre ancestrale. Le barrage des Trois-Gorges, symbole contesté du miracle économique chinois, constitue la toile de fond épique de Sur le Yangzi, un long métrage documentaire saisissant sur la vie au cœur du rêve chinois du 21e siècle. Le cinéaste sino-canadien Yung Chang dépeint la vie paysanne de façon émouvante, brosse un tableau saisissant de la Chine contemporaine et jette un regard inquiétant sur un avenir qui nous attend tous.

A luxurious cruise ship carries a group of predominantly Western tourists down the Yangtze River. On board, the well-trained Chinese staff offers a varied programme of food, drinks, and entertainment. Within the foreseeable future, the landscape that glides by will permanently disappear as a result of the construction of the gigantic Three Gorges Dam. This mega-project, presented asthesymbol of progress in modern China, will force two million people to move. Complete cities and villages will vanish under the steadily rising water, and although the government is helping to build new houses, hundreds of thousands of landowners have been duped. In the film, we watch them seek shelter higher on the banks of the constantly swelling river, their humble possessions in tow. Two stories of young people working on the cruise ship illustrate the contradictions of modern China. 'Cindy' Yu Shui really wants to go to university, but her parents cannot afford it. As poor farmers, they are quite literally up to their necks in the rising water. Dead on her feet, she washes the dishes in the galley while the handsome, English-speaking 'Jerry' Chen Bo Yu counts his tips.

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