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Rainmakers, China's Environment On The Brink Of Disaster (screening and lecture by film director Floris-Jan van Luyn)

When:Th 27-02-2014 16:00 - 18:00
Where:University Library, College Room, Floor 4 (1211.0479)

Free entrance - free popcorn - limited places

CEASG and Media Studies invite you to a filmscreening and lecture

Floris-Jan van Luyn is an awardwinning filmmaker and a former NRC-correspondent for China and Mongolia and NRC.Next-columnist. The film screening will be followed by a lecture by Van Luyn on film making and journalism in East Asia. Van Luyn's film convey that current topics can be told poetically. Floris-Jan Luyn studied in Groningen, Leiden, Taipei and Beijing.

Rainmakers is an investigative documentary about the decline of China’s environment. The story is told from the perspective of four civil activists who refuse to accept the ongoing ecological destruction of their homeland. On the border of heroism and stubbornness, four diverse and remarkable Chinese civilians explain why they have the courage to fight the pettish and aggressive local authorities, against all odds. In a film that takes the natural cycle of water as its visual framework, the polluted air of Beijing and Changsha, the filthy water of the Qiantang river and the advancing sand of the Tengger desert, serve as symbols for an environmental battle with many losers and occasionally some winners. Rainmakers won gold at festivals in Rome, Genève, Sheffield, Leuven en Trento.

Other films on China and Mongolia by Van Luyn include: The Last Frontier (2011), The Chinese Bubble (2011), Tegenlicht: In de Macht van China (2012), The Unforbidden City (2008), Cyberkoelies (2006). Van Luyn is also author of a number of books on China including: A Floating City of Peasants Book, The New Press.

More information: Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen