Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2013 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
Datong, located on the Loess Plateau, was an ancient capital of China 1,600 years ago. During China’s open and reform period, it became a coal mining boomtown. But decades of rampant mining choked the city in soot, depleting resources and stagnating the economy, earning Datong a reputation as one of the world’s ugliest cities. Charismatic Mayor Geng, stepped into power in 2008, cutting a striking contrast to the lackluster predecessors who had failed to lift Datong out of crisis. Geng believes that the future for Datong’s population of 3.5 million people lies in its ancient past. His radical reform plan is to demolish 140,000 houses, relocate 500,000 people to recreate Datong’s Ancient capital city side by side with a new solar energy industry.
I have been doing documentary films for 11 years. Before that, I worked in one of China’s top media as a journalist for 10 years. My feelings about this country are very complicated. I love it as deeply as I hate it. What kind of mode does this country take to develop? What kind of relationship is it between the government and the people? For years, topics like these always seem very interesting to me. Two years ago, when Mayor Geng Yanbo allowed me to get into his city and his work, I knew this is a chance. I hope the film will give a chance for audience to think the dilemma between development and protection, and who will have the rights to decide.