Waking the Green Tiger tells the dramatic story of the rise of
the first major grassroots environmental movement in China, a
significant development that could reshape the country.
the eyes of farmers, journalists, activists and a former government
insider, the film traces the historical evolution of the movement and
highlights an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project slated
for the Upper Yangtze River in southern China.
footage never seen outside China, and interviews with insiders and
witnesses, the documentary also portrays the earlier history of Chairman
Mao's campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress. Mao
mobilized millions of people in campaigns that reshaped China's
landscape, destroyed lakes, forests and grasslands, and unleashed dust
storms. Despite the evident consequences, critics of this approach were
silenced for decades.
The green movement emerged when a new
environmental impact law was passed in 2004. For the first time in
China's history, ordinary citizens gained the right to speak out and
take part in government decisions. Green activism grew into a larger
movement as local villagers and urban activists joined forces to oppose
a massive new dam at Tiger Leaping Gorge on the Upper Yangtze that
would have displaced 100,000 people. Their extraordinary campaign is a
primary focus of the film.
Waking the Green Tiger also
gained unprecedented access to the former director of China's
Environmental Protection Agency, Qu Geping, whose years of work inside
the government laid the foundation for environmental protection in
China. Qu provides a candid look at the state of the environment in
China from Mao until now, and discusses how environmental law and the
green movement have a key role to play in the evolution of democracy in
-English and Mandarin with English subtitles
-Includes Chinese language version (Mandarin and English with SC Chinese subtitles)
Reviews & Awards"Highly recommended. A fascinating film that is a pleasure to
view. Chronicles the brave beginnings of a new green movement...as well
as giving the viewer a glimpse back at the history of environmental
disaster under communism."
–Educational Media Reviews Online
"Explores both the historical disregard for, even hostility toward, the
environment under the classic Communist regime and the emerging
environmental movement in contemporary China. "
-Anthropology Review Database
"In this lushly filmed documentary, (the producers) beautifully captured
the spirit of this grassroots movement in China with stunning images,
superb writing and excellent use of strong, compelling personal
-Susanne Reber, Grantham Prize Juror
"Gary Marcuse's stirring documentary celebrates the brave souls at the forefront of China’s new revolution."
–Vancouver International Film Festival
"Waking the Green Tiger manages the perfect balance between
information and entertainment, condensing several decades of history
into a rousing portrait of China’s emerging green movement. It’s a
portrait of people, from the humblest of farmers to some of China’s
biggest government players, coming together to shape a new socially-and
— Brett Kessler, WABC 7
"Stirring… this engaging documentary shakes up a lot of assumptions we
may have about China and opens our eyes to a revolution that brings on
"Waking the Green Tiger is wonderful, an amazing story that opens an unexpected window onto China."
–Ronald Wright, author, A Short History of Progress
"Waking the Green Tiger is an inspiring and very human story...
and a reminder for all of us to stand up for our own environment with
the same courage."
–David Suzuki, Host, The Nature of Things
-Grantham Award of Special Merit
-Writer’s Guild of Canada, Canadian Screenwriting Awards: Best Documentary
-Best Canadian Documentary, Planet in Focus Film Festival, Toronto
-Top 10 Canadian Films, Vancouver International Film Festival
Borneo Eco Film Festival
Cinevolution Film Arts, Canada
FilmAmbiente Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, New Zealand
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Sao Paulo Mostra Ecofalante de Cinemas Ambientale
Shanghai International Film Festival
Voices from the Waters Film Festival Bangalore, India
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
World Community Film Festival, Canada