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Sunday, November 13 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm

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2009 | 70 min | China, The Netherlands
Filmmaker in Person | U.S. Premiere

Filmmaker and journalist Floris-Jan van Luyn is on the front lines of modern China, depicting the country’s major historical shifts as they occur using through the experiences of the individuals living through them. In Rainmakers, he introduces us to four ordinary people who have become environmental activists out of necessity. Kept awake at night by the noxious fumes of a garbage incinerator, a Beijing woman unites her neighbors in a mass protest. A fisherwoman in a southern province circulates a petition to clean up the river polluted by a nearby paint factory. A tough-minded housewife from Hunan writes letter after letter to officials demanding the shutdown of a nearby factory poisoning her village’s groundwater. A small community of shepherds in Inner Mongolia devise a plan to reclaim desiccated pastureland. While the government pays lip service to green economic policies, these hopeful citizens brave bureaucracy, cynicism, greed, and violence in their fight for the most basic of human rights: clean air and clean water.

Co-presented by Asia Society

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Broad Channel

2010 | 13 min | United States
Filmmaker in Person | New York Premiere

Along a narrow band of shore on Jamaica Bay in Queens, New York, man and water meet across the seasons.



Sunday November 13, 2011 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Kaufmann Theater American Museum of Natural History

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