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POV: Fallen City

Li Mingshan, Brother Peng's father-in-law, looking down on the old city from the mountain top.
Courtesy of Shaoguang Sun
Li Mingshan, Brother Peng's father-in-law, looking down on the old city from the mountain top.

Airs Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

The award-winning POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) series is the longest-running showcase on television to feature the work of America's best contemporary-issue independent filmmakers.

"Fallen City" - In today’s go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt — boasting new and improved civic amenities — in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as “Fallen City” reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors.

Three families struggle with loss — most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren — and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Qi Zhao offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity.

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Fallen City - Trailer

"After an earthquake levels Beichuan

Fallen City: The Flood

"Engineers flood the destroyed city of Beichuan with water from a nearby unstable "quake lake

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