Smog Journeys: a short film by Jia Zhangke

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  1. China's vision of the future is a dystopia. At least Western governments care enough about their citizens to not allow this to happen. The poor Chinese people having to deal with such an inhumane government. No Westerner would tolerate such living conditions.

  2. the guy doing flips has nothing to do with the film. neither does the scene where the children are just singing about a boat

  3. Why should we give a fuck if they don't? The Chinese chose to produce excessively. They just suck it and deal with it.

  4. Oh, chine and other countries feel sorry for every citizen who suffer from diseases caused by smog, Leader and other in their position, Please see how to minimize the issues and yet God will also help you in your work

    best regards

  5. Гребаные китайцы. Свою страну засрали, еще и всю Землю отравляют, узкоглазые сволочи.

  6. Ну и тупняк. Начало фильма показывают градирни. А там только пар и никакого загрязнения они не оказывают!

  7. I came here cause Viola "ROTHSCHILD"  wants this to be popular so she linked it.  Love everything the rothschild king of the jew says, or else.

  8. Terrible choice of music that makes this hard to watch.

    There are great visuals, but no facts. 

    PTxS

  9. Well done! Beautiful camera work, use of audio and editing. And a powerful message that needs to keep getting out there. Having lived in China for years, the air truly does get that bad, and often! I shutter to think of the long-term health effects…

  10. I heard about the mayor in Beijng said if he can't resolve the pollution issue in 2018, we can cut off his head. 

  11. All that white smoke in opening shots is just steam.
    Also for the real pollution – there is a price to pay when you want to become world's biggest manufacturing power, no matter what.

  12. 🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭 Published on Jan 21, 2015 🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭
    🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭 Smog Journeys: a short film by Jia Zhangke 🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭🏭

    Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chinese children, according to a new study.

    The study by a US air pollution expert, commissioned by Greenpeace, comes as many areas in northern and eastern China have been experiencing hazardous levels of air pollution in recent weeks.

    In some eastern cities including Shanghai, levels were off the index that tracks dangerous pollution, with schools closing and flights being cancelled or diverted. Sales of air purifiers and face masks have soared with many retailers selling out of stock as residents try to protect themselves from the poisonous smog. In Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces visibility was reduced to less than 50 metres earlier this week and in the city of Nanjing a red alert for pollution was maintained for five consecutive days.

    The analysis traced the chemicals which are made airborne from burning coal and found a number of health damages were caused as a result. It estimates that coal burning in China was responsible for reducing the lives of 260,000 people in 2011. It also found that in the same year it led to 320,000 children and 61,000 adults suffering from asthma, 36,000 babies being born with low weight and was responsible for 340,000 hospital visits and 141 million days of sick leave.

    "This study provides an unprecedentedly detailed picture of the health fallout from China's coal burning," said Dr Andrew Gray, a US-based expert on air pollution, who conducted the research. Using computer simulations, Gray said he was able to "draw a clear map tracing the trail of health damages left by the coal fumes released by every power plant in China, untangling the contribution of individual companies, provinces and power stations to the air pollution crisis gripping the country."

    China's air pollution problems frequently make headlines around the world.

    Isabel Hilton, editor of China Dialogue, an independent website that publishes information and debate on the environment in China, said coal is the main cause of the country's air pollution problems. Coal burning in China "produces heavy metal pollution and produces particulate pollution on a scale that is getting quite extraordinary," she said.

    China is the world's largest consumer of coal, which is its main energy source, and is responsible for around half the world's coal consumption. The impacts of its reliance on coal are becoming more well known and recently there was much online discussion after an eight-year-old girl was diagnosed with lung cancer which her doctor blamed on air pollution.

    According to Gray's study, while the growth of coal consumption has slowed, 570 new coal-fired plants are either being built or are planned, and if they go ahead would be responsible for a further 32,000 premature deaths each year.

    In September, the Chinese government announced a plan to tackle the high levels of air pollution including for the first time measures to cut coal consumption. Under the plan, China aims to cut air pollution in some of the worst affected areas including Beijing by 2017.

    Hilton said that the reductions in the plan would not be enough to make a difference within a short time frame. "It is going to be difficult to make a difference very shortly. Much more radical things will have to happen," she said.

    "The government has been forced into much greater transparency on the data," she added. "But I do think the ambition has to be raised quite a lot."

    Jia Zhangke’s short film for Greenpeace East Asia depicts the effects of air pollution in northeast China, a region frequently blanketed in dangerous levels of air pollution. ‘Smog Journeys’ traces two familes from two different backgrounds; one a mining family in Hebei province, and the other a trendy middle class family in Beijing. Both face a similar fate.

    Air pollution is one of China’s most pressing environmental and health issues. Greenpeace calls for a shift from coal to clean renewable energy, as well as short term measures that better safeguard people’s health.

    http://youtu.be/zfF7ZmKMUX0
    Find out more here: www.greenpeace.org/eastasia/campaigns/ai­r-pollution/ 
    Director: Jia Zhangke
    Music composer: Lin Qiang
    Commissioned by Greenpeace East Asia 
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/12/china-coal-emissions-smog-deaths

  13. We, humans are so greedy that we would risk everything for money. Money is the biggest factor on the Earth. It separates some people from the other and there is nothing to do about it.

  14. Do cooling towers omit substantial air pollution? I thought that most of the cloud that they created was steam.

  15. After the censorship bureau will have removed the ending title, then the message will be "It's not so bad, you can still play football, like this guy! And it's so fun to draw in the dust, right ?"

  16. great message i aspire to do things like this in the future but for now still a beginner when it comes to video. that said, i would love some of you to go on my page and watch my short film. I in no way am professional but i am trying and could use support. if you can take 3.5min of you time to view it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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