The Marchesa Hall & Theatre
FRI Nov 13, 8:30PM
The city of Datong in Shanxi province was once the illustrious capital of one of China’s imperial kingdoms. Today, it is a coal-mining city and one of the most heavily polluted, but mayor Geng Yanbo has a plan: He wants to restore the ancient city walls and transform the city into a cultural destination. Unfortunately, this requires the relocation of over 500,000 of the city’s residents, and many are refusing to move. As the project runs behind schedule and threatens to financially destroy Datong, can Geng’s ruthlessly uncompromising approach succeed?
Just as Geng himself is often harshly critical, THE CHINESE MAYOR allows the audience a remarkably balanced, revelatory look inside modern Chinese governance and provides an astute and intimate portrait of a leader striving to achieve a lofty goal despite the potential costs.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Hao Zhou
PRODUCER: Zhao Qi
LENGTH: 87 min
LANGUAGE: Mandarin Chinese
2015 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award for “Unprecedented Access”