‘Under the Dome’ on Chinese air pollution, a documentary by Chai Jing
Chai Jing’s powerful documentary on Chinese air pollution, ‘Under the Dome’, arrived on the Internet on 28 February 2015.1 In a little over 48 hours, over 200 million Chinese people had seen it, according to some reports.2 The Chinese government first acclaimed it, but then decided to block it, even silencing media discussion. Clearly the film met a need for knowledge and understanding of a phenomenon the Chinese people endure daily. It could have sparked a national discussion and helped lead to consensus to address this extreme national problem. Despite the censorship, it has managed to achieve part of that goal.
In the west, we can access Under the Dome (UTD) on YouTube, divided into eight parts and provided with English subtitles. It is well worth our while to view it.
Chai Jing begins with a personal story – her daughter is born with a benign tumor. Although her daughter’s surgery is successful, the tumor might have been fatal. Chai Jing becomes a mother with a cause, seeking to...
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