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UP THE YANGTZE

UP THE YANGTZE
A feature documentary by Yung Chang
“A gloriously cinematic documentary of epic, poetic sadness.” Variety, John Anderson

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:
SEE ANOTHER SIDE OF CHINA BEHIND THE BEIJING GAMES
YUNG CHANGʼS CELEBRATED DOCUMENTARY RETURNS TO AMC FORUM THEATRE
Back by popular demand, Up the Yangtze will return to theatres this Friday August 15 for an open run at Montrealʼs AMC Forum. The epic documentary provides another face to China not shown during the Olympic Games, exploring the lives of people living along the Yangtze River, forced to deal with flooding from the massive Three Gorges Dam.

Changʼs award-winning feature is currently in theatres in the USA, Europe and Australia, and has now grossed over $1 million in North America alone. This box office makes Up the Yangtze one of the all time top-grossing documentaries in both Canada and the USA. Internationally the film has played in almost every country on the globe racking up numerous awards for Canada.


The production company, EyeSteelFilm, has now raised over $30,000 in donations for the Yu family, who are featured in the film. The proceeds are paying for the fatherʼs cataract operations, other health care issues and continuing the childrenʼs education.
Please show your support by coming out on OPENING WEEKEND. Documentaries don’t last long in theaters without your SUPPORT!
Synopsis
In China, the mighty Yangtze is known simply as “The River.” It is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history, the Three Gorges Project. At the riverʼs edge, a girl named Yu Shui says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. She is leaving to work on a cruise line that takes tourists on a “Farewell to the Three Gorges Tour”, where visitors get to wave goodbye to 5000 years of civilization.
It’s “The Love Boat” meets “Apocalypse Now”. 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 modern China.

Presented in English with Mandarin subtitles. Dolby 5.1, 95 minutes, 35mm.
Written and directed by Yung Chang, Up the Yangtze is a co-production between the National Film Board of Canada and EyeSteelFilm, executive produced by Daniel Cross, produced by Mila Aung-Thwin and John Christou (EyeSteelFilm) and Germaine Ying Gee Wong (NFB). Up the Yangtze is codistributed by KinoSmith and EyeSteelFilm in cooperation with the NFB.
For more information: www.uptheyangtze.com
or contact Halima Ouardiri (514) 937-4893

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