Reel Asian co-sponsors documentary film The Land of Many Palaces with the Asian Institute as a part of their “Constructing Asian Infrastructure: Politics, Poetics, Plans Series” on April 18th.
The central government of China has announced plans to relocated 250 million farmers to cities across the nation over the course of the next 20 years. The Land of Many Palaces (宫殿之城) follows a government official who travels around Ordos, China convincing farmers that their lives will be better off if they moved to the city, and a farmer who is pressured to move from one of the last remaining villages of the region.
This is a FREE screening followed by Q&A with director Adam Smith and a dim sum reception. Attendees must register here to attend.
THE LAND OF MANY PALACES
Saturday, April 18, 6:00pm – 7:30pm (followed by dim sum reception)
Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue)
SYNOPSIS: In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. The Land of Many Palaces (宫殿之城) follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250 million farmers to cities across the nation over the next 20 years.