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Up the Yangtze

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A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze - navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as "the river." See it while you can. 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 the 21st century Chinese dream. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang crafts a moving depiction of peasant life, a powerful narrative of contemporary China, and a disquieting glimpse into a future that awaits us all.

2007, 93 min 15 s

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Best Documentary
Genie Awards
April 4 2009, Ottawa - Canada

Millenium Award with a cash prize of $8000 USD
Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
May 9 to 18 2008, Warsaw - Poland

Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary Feature
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
April 24 to May 8 2008, San Francisco - USA

Don Haig Award
Hot Docs
April 17 to 27 2008, Toronto - Canada

Honourable Mention from the "Full Frame Spectrum Award" Jury
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
April 3 to 6 2008, Durham - USA

Honourable Mention from the "Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award" Jury
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
April 3 to 6 2008, Durham - USA

NFB Best Canadian Documentary Award - with a contribution of $2,500 towards next film
International Film Festival
September 27 to October 2 2007, Vancouver - Canada

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