The Chinese Mayor

Your Own City
Zhou Hao
China
2015
89min
Chinese

Once an ancient capital of China, Datong has earned the reputation as one of the world’s ugliest cities. The controversial, Communist Party Mayor, Geng Yanbo, has come up with a radical reform plan to recreate Datong’s four, great ancient walls whilst creating a new solar energy industry. This requires a great sum of money in a stagnanted economy, and mass-scale demolition. Geng is heavily criticized, but works non-stop to inspect construction and fend off violent protests against forced eviction. He must "invent" money through land sales, and pioneer a clean administration while striking deals with polysilicon global giants. A student of classical Chinese poetry and Taoism, Geng believes that our deeds should serve our times, and that the people’s ultimate “good” will justify his sacrifice. Datong joins the Chinese cities’ race for relentless GDP growth, asking whether the world’s most secretive national development model, merging Mao, market and ancient Chinese wisdom, will lead to collapse or real prosperity.

Projections: 
11.18. Saturday 17:30
Toldi
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
11.19. Sunday 18:00
Művész
English Subtitles
Producer: 
Zhao Qi
Editor: 
Yu Xiaochuan
Tom Hsinming Lin
Camera: 
Zhou Hao
Zhang Tianhui
Sound: 
Zhou Hao
Xiao Jing
Zheng Yu
Zheng Yue
Awards: 
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize (2015)
Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Documentary Feature Film (2015)
RiverRun International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature (2015)