Films & Video

Waking the Green Tiger

   Trailer and synopsis                                 


If picture stalls, right click and turn off the HD.  It looks fine in SD too


Waking the Green Tiger is now available in a total of 13 languages:  Hindi, Bengali, Burmese, Kachin, Thai, Vietnamese, Lao Pilipino, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, Turkish, English and Chinese.  Click here for more information


喚醒綠色虎 Waking the Green Tiger, Chinese version from Face to Face Media on Vimeo.

2013年 凤凰视频纪录片大奖绿色中国奖
2012年 美国格兰特海姆环境报道奖“特殊价值奖”
温哥华国际电影节最受欢迎奖 及加拿大十大纪录片奖

The rise of a Green Movement in China   

Waking the Green Tiger is a feature documentary from Face to Face Media, the

award winning team that created Nuclear Dynamite, the story of the environmental movement in America.

Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers, and journalists Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary and unprecedented campaign to stop a huge dam project on the Upper Yangtze river in the high mountains of southwestern China.


Ending Mao’s War Against Nature

Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, 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, marshes, 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.  

Awakening a Grass Roots Movement

A new environmental movement, joining activists and farmers and supported by government insiders finally takes root when a new environmental law is passed. For the first time in China’s history, ordinary citizens have the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions.   The activists set out to test their freedom and save a river.  The movement they trigger has the potential to transform China.  


The film includes footage shot over a six year period by one of China’s first environmental filmmakers, Shi Lihong, of Wild China Film. She and her husband Xi Zhinong are famous throughout China for an early environmental film about China’s endangered golden monkeys.  Shi Lihong then shot and directed a revealing film about the fate of a farming community that was moved to make way for a dam.  As we in show in Waking the Green Tiger, her documentary was used by farmers to organize resistance to a massive dam project  at Tiger Leaping Gorge that would force 100,000 people to move . 

We also had unprecedented access to China’s former director of Environmental Protection, Qu Geping.  Honored with many international prizes including the Blue Planet award, Qu  has been China’s “father of environmental protection” for more than 40 years.  He gives us a candid, no-holds-barred look at the state of the environment in China, from Mao until now.