MESYM Crossover Documentary Series #15: The Chinese Mayor

The MESYM Crossover Documentary Series is held every last Thursday of each month @ Loyar Burok. Everyone is invited to come watch the documentary, participate in the discussion, and meet like-minded people. Admission is free!

For our April event we chose a movie related to Under the Dome (screened during our last event): the crossover topic is power handling. We are screening The Chinese Mayor, a savvy portrait of Mayor Geng Tonba of Datong, China, and his big, disruptive plans for the revitalization of this ancient city.

The Chinese Mayor has received Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access.

Join the event in our Facebook Group.

Trailer

Synopsis

Once the thriving capital of Imperial China, the city of Datong now lies in near ruins. Not only is it the most polluted city in the country, it is also crippled by decrepit infrastructure and even shakier economic prospects. But Mayor Geng Tanbo plans to change all that, announcing a bold, new plan to return Datong to its former glory, the cultural haven it was some 1,600 years ago. Such declarations, however, come at a devastatingly high cost. Thousands of homes are to be bulldozed, and a half-million of its residents (30 percent of Datong’s total population) will be relocated under his watch. Whether he succeeds depends entirely on his ability to calm swarms of furious workers and an increasingly perturbed ruling elite. The Chinese Mayor captures, with remarkable access, a man and, by extension, a country leaping frantically into an increasingly unstable future.

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