The Chinese Mayor
Zhou Hao | China | 86 min
Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles
Ying Liang, Chinese independent film director
Poon Tat-pui, Associate Professor of Practice, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Date: 20 April, Wednesday
Venue: Theatre 303, Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre, HKU
Known ignominiously as ‘the most polluted city in China’, Datong, the former capital of Imperial China, suffers from a faltering economy and poor infrastructure—but not for long, if Mayor Geng Yanbo has his way. Director Zhou Hao follows the tireless government official as he clashes daily with corrupt bureaucracy, upset constituents and even his own wife. The result is a fascinating and mesmerising portrait of a people in change and the man who would make it happen.