The Chinese Mayor

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St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Sun, Apr 10, 2016 9:10 PM
St. Anthony Main Theatre 2 Wed, Apr 13, 2016 9:10 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Student (Box Office Only):$7.00
Child (12 & Under):$7.00
Film Info
Original Title:Datong
Premiere Status:Regional Premiere
Programs:- Documentaries
Tags:Culture & Society
Asian Interest
Social Justice
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2014
Runtime:86 min
Festivals & Awards:Special Jury Award: For Unparalleled Access - Sundance
Language:Chinese (Mandarin)
Print Source:Zhao Qi Films
Director:Zhou Hao
Producer:Zhao Qi
Cinematographer:Zhou Hao
Zhang Tianhui
Screenwriter:Zhou Hao
Zhao Qi
Editor:Yu Xiaochuan
Tom Lin
Principal Cast:Geng Yanbo
Zheng Hui
Ma Suying
Song Yuhua
Li Fu
Zhang Xinpin
Feng Lixiang
Filmography:Cotton ('14)
The Night ('14)
The Transition Period ('10)
Long Ge ('07)
Senior Year ('05)


Granted surprising access, documentarian Zhou Hao gives us an intimate portrait of Geng Yanbo, the charismatic mayor of Datong on a mission to turn his polluted coal mining city into a shiny tourist destination. His plan, however, involves a massive transformation and the relocation of half a million people, and Geng’s good intentions and can-do attitude walk a line of compulsory political corruption that translates to getting a job done by any means necessary. This complex and fascinating documentary gives an unprecedented look at Chinese politics, the election process, governmental power, and how the tide of popular opinion can change almost overnight.


"A fascinating verite portrait of the collision between progress, politics, corruption and citizens’ rights in a rapidly changing People’s Republic." - Variety