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Film Depicts How Locals Are Impacted by Yangtze Dam

Filmmaker’s Visit Part of SMCM April Environmental Film Series
March 29, 2009
Press Release #10-048


The "gorgeous" and provocative film "Up the Yangtze" will be shown and its filmmaker, Yung Chang, will discuss its making at 8:15 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2010, in Cole Cinema at the Campus Center at St. Mary's College of Maryland. "Yangtze" is the second of three environmental films that are part of the Third Annual Film Series sponsored by the college's Theater, Film, and Media Studies Department. This film series is free and open to the public. For more information about "Up the Yangtze," visit the film's web site at


The film documents a peasant family forced to negotiate the historic changes brought on by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric mega-dam and China's biggest engineering endeavor since the Great Wall. "China's Three Gorges Dam," said Variety reviewer John Anderson, " is considered by many experts to be a full-steam-ahead eco-disaster, but . . . Yung Chang's gorgeous meditation is more concerned with the project's collateral human damage: old farmers evicted, young people in servitude to Western tourists.... A gloriously cinematic doc of epic, poetic sadness."

The third and final film in the series, "Our Daily Bread," will be shown April 19.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.