Watch Up The Yangtze
- 1 hr 33 min
In China, it is simply known as "The River." But the Yangtze and all of the life that surrounds it is undergoing a truly astonishing transformation wrought by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam. Chang's film beautifully captures the microcosmic society of a luxury liner with an Upstairs Downstairs approach. Below deck: A bewildered young girl trains as a dishwasher sent to work by her peasant family, who is on the verge of relocation from the encroaching floodwaters. Above deck: A phalanx of wealthy international tourists set sail to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux. Singularly moving and cinematically breathtaking, UP THE YANGTZE gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large.