Mayor Geng Yanbo is determined to transform the coal-mining center of Datong, in China ’s Shanxi province, into a tourism haven showcasing clean energy. In order to achieve that, however, he has to relocate 500,000 residences to make way for the restoration of the ancient city.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Awarded best documentary at the latest Golden Horse Festival, this film opens our eyes on the political machinery in China and follows mayor Geng who wants to turn the city of DaTong from a industrial mining city to cultural and touristic center. The different reactions of the people who are being relocated, the struggle for keeping his vision, and the absurdity of the political system.