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China, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Du Haibin

A first-hand account of the Great Sichuan Earthquake that shows the human face of a massive tragedy.

The statistics are mind-boggling: 70,000 dead, 375,000 casualties. In 1428 filmmaker Du Haibin captures the human face of the catastrophic Great Sichuan Earthquake, a monumental seismic event that measured a massive 8.0 on the Richter scale.

Surveying the chaos 10 days after the earthquake Du Haibin's team capture the minutiae of the disaster, as people salvage destroyed pig farms, lament the loss of loved ones, dig what scrap metal they can out of the wreckage and pillage the homes of their former neighbours.

With a cinematic eye, eschewing voiceover and soundtrack, Du offers a barebones and very human depiction of one community's response to an overwhelming tragedy.

Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Venice Film Festival.

D Du Haibin P Ben Tisang, Du Haibin WS CNEX L Mandarin w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009

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