Beijing Besieged by Waste (Film Screening)
Beijing Besieged by Waste (2011)
Director Wang Jiuliang
2011. China. 72 min.
Starts at 3:30 pm
With a population of about 20 million, the growing city of Beijing produces 30,000 tons of waste each day. Photographer/filmmaker Wang Jiuliang traveled around the city and visited 460 legal and illegal landfills from 2008 to 2010 to document the collection of garbage and excrement, the environmental calamity and the life cycles around these landfills, which include scavengers building a precarious livelihood, green spaces forming on top of waste, and livestock being fed trash. An informative and alarming portrait of urban ecology, the film has earned keen Chinese media coverage and the attention of government officials.
Post screening Q&A with the director, Wang Jiuliang. Moderated by La Frances Hui, Film Curator, Asia Society.
Wang Jiuliang was born in Anqiu, Shandong Province in 1976. He is a graduate of the Cinema-Television School at Communication University of China. Wang is also a photographer. Beijing Besieged by Waste accompanies a larger photography project.
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