Cine-East -- The Road

March 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm
Introduced by Professor Guo-Juin Hong (AMES)

For three decades the world has witnessed China's fast economic development. In 2008 the Chinese government issued a $586 billion (USD) plan as an attempt to minimize the impact of the global financial crisis on the world's second largest economy. The plan was to invest in infrastructure and social welfare throughout China. The plan has been called the Second Great Leap Forward referring to Chairman Mao's disastrous plan in the 40's that cost millions of lives -- an absurd period where all citizens were mobilized to refine metal.

Chinese director Zhang Zambo managed in 2010 to get unique and unprecedented access to the implementation of the financial plan. For three years, the director filmed the making of a section of a highway through a quiet village in Hunan, a province in central China where Chairman Mao was born. The result is a rare insight to the impact the financial plan has had on a local community.

2016 Special Jury Prize of Chinese Documentary Award, Taiwan International Documentary Festival (華人紀錄片獎評審特別獎)

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