March 7, 2015

Muckraking Environmental Documentary Too Much for Beijing

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The 103-minute documentary on pollution that has taken China by storm — Under the Dome — has proven too much for officials in Beijing, who have removed the film from popular Chinese video sites.

Under the Dome, though censored in China, is now on YouTube with English subtitles. 

The hard-hitting investigative work is being called China’s Silent Spring. In it, TV journalist Chai Jing takes a tough look at the sources of her country’s out-of-control environmental problems. After the video’s online release on February 28, Under the Dome garnered an extraordinary 100 million views in under 24 hours. The video has changed the debate in China, dominating the current session of the National People’s Congress and prompting vows from top officials to clean up the country.

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