The Chinese Mayor

Once the thriving capital of Imperial China, the city of Datong now lies in near ruins, but Mayor Geng Yanbo plans to change all that, announcing a bold, new plan to return Datong to its former glory. Such declarations, however, come at a devastatingly high cost. Thousands of homes are to be bulldozed, and a half-million of its residents will be relocated under his watch. The Chinese Mayor captures, with remarkable access, a man and, by extension, a country leaping frantically into an increasingly unstable future.

Director Zhou Hao
Location China
Duration 49 min.
Genre Urban / Politics / Social Issues
Air Date Satruday, January 23, 2016

About Director

Zhou Hao

Zhou Hao

Biography

Zhou Hao is a filmmaker based in Guangzhou, China. He has worked as a photographer for the the news agency. He began making documentaries in 2001 and his first film, "Houjie Township", won the Black Pottery Award (Best New Professional Reward) at the Yunnan Multi-culture Visual Festival. Houjie Township was also in the Shanghai Biennial in 2004 and the Guangzhou Triennial in 2005. "Senior Year", won the Humanitarian Award for Best Documentary at the Hong Kong International Festival in 2006.
The Chinese Mayor is awarded the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE@SUNDANCE, the BEST DOCUMENTARY@RIVERRUN, the BEST DOCUMENTARY@NEWPORT BEACH and the SILVER PRIZE@MILLENIUM.

Filmography

Datong, 2015
Mian hua, 2014
Ye, 2014
The Transition Period, 2010
Long ge, 2007
Gaosan, 2005

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