A New Era

The director films for seven years a group of villagers in China who fight against the expropriation of their land for the construction of a presumed Ecological Parc.

In 2008, local authorities evict 2,000 villagers from Guanzhou, a river island in Southern China to make way for new urban planning projects – a fate shared by five billion rural citizens of China yearly. In spite of the demolition of their houses and police pressure, a handful of inhabitants return to the island. For seven years, I have filmed their battle to save their ancestral land, from the ruins of the village where nature is slowly reasserting itself, to the worksites of the mega city which inexorably advances towards them.

Boris Svartzman

Boris Svartzman, a Franco-Argentinian photographer and sociologist, has documented the social consequences of urbanisation in China since the beginning of the millenium. His photographes have been exhibited in several festivals, including the prestigious Visa pour l’image. He focuses on the lives of the millions of peasants who are evicted every year in China and relocated to urban areas. For ten years, he has filmed the struggle of villagers against the expropriation of their land, in his first documentary.