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Fallen City

Zhao Qi 2012

The Sichuan earthquake took 90,000 lives and left 5 million people homeless. Beichuan, once a beautiful valley town, was entirely leveled and nearly every family lost a loved one. But the Chinese construction miracle rebuilt a new city in just three years and what began as a journey to overcome loss becomes entangled with dreams of an upgraded life.
As the survivors emerge from China’s worst natural disaster in decades, they speak for today’s Chinese generation thrust into the nation’s relentless pursuit of progress and violently uprooted from their past.


  • Variety
    What makes Fallen City more compelling than most documentaries of its kind is its emphasis on how its subjects grapple with the challenges of life still to be lived.
    Leslie Felperin
  • The Hollywood Reporter
    Somber and respectful.
  • The New York Times
    ...simply heartbreaking.
    Mike Hale
  • Los Angeles Times
    ..intimate and individually human, connected to the land and to living things.
    Robert Lloyd

Festival Participation

  • EIDF - 2013
    Unicef Award
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • DOXA
  • Sundance World Documentary Competition
  • IDFA First Appearance Competition

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