Up the Yangtze

A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze — navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as “The River.” The Yangtze is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. At the river’s edge — a young woman says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. The Three Gorges Dam — contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle — provides the epic backdrop for Up the Yangtze, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside modern China.

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“Outstanding... gorgeously shot and as gripping as an epic novel”
– Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
“Restores your faith in the documentary film medium”
– Matthew Hays, Montreal Mirror
“A gloriously cinematic doc”
– John Anderson, Variety
"Brilliant! [A] lucid, beautifully observed portrait!"
The Village Voice
The New York Times (Critics pick!)
"A potent indictment of the dam-age done! Says more about what's being lost —culturally, geographically, morally— than any parade of talking heads ever could."
Time Out New York

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