Youve always been fascinated by China. From its secrecy to its ambitious economic development, you know its filled with censored stories. The saga of one girls struggle has escaped, however. In the new documentary Up the Yangtze, youre drawn into her heartache as shes ripped from her family and sent to work aboard cruise ships that tour Chinas Yangtze River.
Those who used to reside along the Yangtzes edges knew that this magnificent river was more than just a landmark: It was the waterway essential to all aspects of life. But what the villagers saw as their livelihood, the government viewed as potential energy a source of force that could be tapped by the most gargantuan hydroelectric dam ever built. Now, with the construction completed and the water level rising, hundreds of thousands of farmers are displaced. Up the Yangtzes central characters are out of options. Already living in a tent, with the water creeping nearer, their middle school-aged daughter must leave and wash dishes for Western tourists. Her paycheck might keep them afloat in this modern China. Catch it today at Sunrise Cinemas 11 (4321 NW 88th Ave., Sunrise). Tickets range $7 to $8.75. Visit www.sunrisecinemas.com.
Sun., May 25, 2008