Special Introduction and Audience Q&A with Director Du Haibin

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center See map
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 6510

Directed by Du Haibin, 2009 (121 minutes, English Subtitles)

The “Great Sichuan Earthquake” took place at 14:28 on May 12, 2008. 10 days after: Scenes not seen on official TV, “survival” is the keyword. Ordinary people are salvaging destroyed pig farms in the mountains, recuperating cents-worth scrapped metals, or pillaging victims’ homes. Behind the highly mediatized official visits, inconsolable grief of families searching for loved ones. 210 days after: Harsh winter, villagers preparing for Lunar New Year, a vagabond and his family are detailing grievances about the ill-handling of rebuilding schemes and relief funds. Gearing up for a high official’s visit, a thorough cleanup of the villages and tent-resettlement for refugees comes through. The promise made for all to live in houses in winter seems tough to keep. Fake components in the community transformer cause an electricity blackout for New Year’s Eve reunion dinners. New Year Day starts as never-ending parade of tourists buying DVDs of the most horrific scenes, souvenir albums of corpses being pulled out of the ruins, and photo shooting in front of Beichuan, the town most severely hit, where over 70,000 people perished in seconds.

第一部分: 地震后10天。公众的悲痛欲绝、救灾的十万火急,在铺天盖地的报道和施救之中,“生存”成为最重要的一个词:竭力寻找搜救亲人的个人、痛彻心扉的家庭,救 出山里受灾养猪场的牲畜,在倒塌的瓦砾间收集价值菲薄的报废金属……废墟之上,衣衫褴褛的流浪汉在游荡,就像塔罗牌中的“愚人”,冷眼旁观近乎荒谬的厄运 突如其来降临的悲惨世界;一位和尚与一位道士这样总结了地震:“天摇地动,就是因为庙里的土地爷很久没有人认真上供了。” 第二部分:地震后210天。四川的这个严酷隆冬,村民正在准备农历新年的庆祝活动。重建计划和救灾资金落实中的问题,让流浪汉和他的亲人颇为不满。为了迎 接中央领导的到访,彻底的村庄清理和帐篷难民安置正在进行(显然每个人都将在冬天到来前住进新安置房的诺言还没法完全兑现)。简易安置房区,质量低劣的变 压器造成停电,中断了大家的晚餐。新年的早晨,俯瞰北川-受灾最为严重的县城:游客们络绎不绝地到来,不时与兜售最悲惨场景DVD光盘、纪念相册的摊贩讨 价还价,在7万人顷刻丧生的废墟前带着观光意味拍照留念.

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Co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Film Study Center at Yale University