The Road//Verzio Film Festival
A 'food for thought' selection from the 13th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival's repertoire.
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March 23, 6pm, Blinken OSA Archive
Zhang Zanbo / 2015 / China & Denmark / 95 min / Chinese / English subtitles
The film was screened in the International Panorama section at 13th Verzio Film Festival.
In 2008, the Chinese government decided to invest 586 billion USD on infrastructure in an effort to stimulate the economy. Filmmaker Zhang Zanbo got unprecedented access to the implementation of the financial plan and for three years he filmed the making of a section of a highway through a quiet village in Hunan, the province where Chairman Mao was born. The film follows local villagers and peasants that are forced to move due to land acquisition. The management of the construction company want their share of the financial apple. As a consequence corruption and violence has become a common part of the making of the road. Nevertheless, the Xu-Huai Highway was opened with great fanfare in 2013.