2016 Chinese Cinema

The Chinese Mayor

The Chinese Mayor

Date: Monday, 15 August 2016.

Time: 6.15 pm.

Venue: Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

With remarkable access, Chinese documentary filmmaker Zhou Hao shadows the mayor of the most polluted city in China and his problematic plan to rehabilitate its image, relocating half a million people to create a historic heritage park.

“The city of Datong is China’s most polluted, crippled by decrepit infrastructure and even shakier economic prospects. But Mayor Geng Yanbo plans to transform it utterly. He will return Datong to its former glory, the cultural capital it was a mere 1,600 years earlier. Thousands of homes are being bulldozed, and a half-million residents relocated. We’re at his side as he’s besieged by petitioning citizens, as he bawls out recalcitrant contractors and bureaucrats, or second-guesses the ruling elite who can overturn his election at any moment; and as he takes calls from his exasperated wife. She’d like to see him once in a while. Produced by Zhao Qi, a veteran of the Chinese state media network China Central Television, and directed by Zhou Hao, a veteran of investigative documentary, The Chinese Mayor combines the best of both worlds—access to power, and critical acumen—to show the staggeringly high stakes at play as China seeks to remake itself.”
Bill Gosden, NZFF 2015.

This film is a Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington sponsored Chinese Cinema series in New Zealand, it is also part of the Chinese Cinema series at the New Zealand Film Societies.

Film Societies are membership organisations that specialise in independent, foreign, art-house and repertoire film programmes. For further details on screening time and membership, visit the website of New Zealand Film Society.