In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. The Land of Many Palaces follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move.
Featuring a post-screening panel discussion and Q&A.
The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250 million farmers to cities across the nation over the next 20 years. The Land of Many Palaces was co-directed and co-produced by Adam James Smith and Song Ting, and was also co-produced by Wang Qihan. (Dir. by Adam Smith & Ting Song, 2015, China, 61 mins., Not Rated)