**WARNING** This documentary contains scenes of death, misery and human suffering. VIEWERS DISCRETION IS ADVISED**
China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures
China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures goes beyond the headlines to bring viewers tales of endurance and hope, of sorrow and rage, of life extinguished and life reborn.
Nearly 70,000 people were killed in the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province on May 12, 2008. Lives and livelihoods, homes and villages were torn apart in seconds. Beijing’s first response was to ban media coverage from the disaster zone, but it was too late: Chinese reporters had hurried to the scene and were already filing live and uncensored reports. Their stories of unimaginable devastation unleashed an outpouring of international public support and sympathy. China took the unprecedented step of allowing international aid teams to come in. But soon the earthquake disappeared from the headlines, replaced by dazzling images from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. A year after the earthquake, what became of the people who survived? Viewers will witness their stories in China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures, airing on DOC ZONE, Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television.
A team from CBC Television’s award-winning Documentary Unit recently traveled to Sichuan in search of the people whose stories so inspired the world. China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures captures tales of incredible heroism and heartbreak. The film also explores whether the new image China presented to the rest of the world continued once the cameras moved on.
Viewers will meet Li Yue, a school girl who believed she was born to be a ballerina, but whose life was irrevocably changed after the earthquake when she witnessed many of her classmates die in front of her. Nine-year-old Lin Hao became a “Little Hero” in China, but his newfound celebrity has put a terrible strain on his family. And what of the Chinese journalists who were free for a time to report what they saw? One young reporter now finds herself the subject of controversy as people ask whether her desire to tell the story of a trucker trapped in the rubble ultimately imperilled his life? Perhaps one of the most enduring images of the earthquake was of a communist party official on his knees begging the parents of dead schoolchildren to stop their protest as they scream at him in anger. Did he follow through on his promises and did anything change for those parents?
China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures is directed by Susan Teskey. Executive producer is Jim Williamson.
Format : AVI
Length : 349 MiB for 44mn 13s 560ms
Codec : XviD
Source : HDTV
Video #0 : MPEG-4 Visual at 981 Kbps
Aspect : 528 x 304 (1.737) at 29.970 fps