Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
About us Latest news News News articles

CEASG Film & Lecture: Rainmakers, China's environment on the brink of disaster, by film director Floris-Jan van Luyn

27 February 2014

Rainmakers, China's Environment On The Brink Of Disaster (screening and lecture by film director)

Film director: Floris-Jan van Luyn

Where: University Library, College Room, Floor 4 (1211.0479)

When: 27 february (16:00: filmscreening, 17:10 lecture by film director)

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.

Rainmakers: China's warriors for the environment
Rainmakers: China's warriors for the environment
Last modified:10 July 2014 3.25 p.m.

More news

  • 08 July 2020

    Piekopvang in Groningen voorbereid voor internationale studenten

    Aan het einde van de zomer komen er naast veel Nederlandse studenten ook internationale studenten naar Groningen om voor kortere of langere tijd te studeren aan de Hanzehogeschool Groningen (HG) of de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG). Vanwege de...

  • 01 July 2020

    Sander de Hosson elected Alumnus of the Year 2019

    Lung doctor Sander de Hosson has been elected Alumnus of the Year 2019 by the University of Groningen. He is receiving the award for the incisive way in which he calls for attention for the emotional side of palliative care and for making death a...

  • 01 July 2020

    Wierenga-Rengerink Dissertation Prize for Arpi Karapetian

    The Wierenga-Rengerink Dissertation Prize for the best PhD thesis of the year 2019 has been awarded to Dr Arpi Karapetian. Her 502-page thesis is entitled Bestuurdersaansprakelijkheid uit onrechtmatige daad: Civielrechtelijke en strafrechtelijke...