Waking the Green Tiger

Montclair Environmental Affairs office and Community Green present another eye-opening environmental movie as seen through the eyes of activists, farmers, and journalists - Waking the Green Tiger - follows an extraordinary grassroots campaign which successfully stopped a huge dam project on the upper Yangtze river in southwestern China.

Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, the documentary also tells the story of Chairman Mao’s determination to conquer nature in the name of progress. Millions of people were mobilized in campaigns that reshaped China’s landscape, destroyed lakes, forests and grasslands, unleashed dust storms, and stifled science. For fifty years the idea was instilled in succeeding generations that nature must serve the people. Critics of this approach were silenced for years.

An environmental movement arises when a new law is passed which, for the first time in China’s history, gives ordinary citizens the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions. The activists set out to test their freedom and save a river.

Join us for the film and discussion following. This is one of a series of free Environmental Film Screenings put on by CommunityGreen.org. For more information contact Marnie Vyff at[masked] or [masked].


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