A European cameraman, who lives in Beijing and speaks fluent Chinese, travels to South China. His plans to interview a human rights activist and farmers suddenly come to a halt when ...
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A European cameraman, who lives in Beijing and speaks fluent Chinese, travels to South China. His plans to interview a human rights activist and farmers suddenly come to a halt when propaganda officials stop him. The officials proudly tell him about their tight relationship with a forestry giant which plans to build a paper mill in the area. In the meantime the police arrest the human rights lawyer. The filmmaker gets caught into an absurd situation and is under surveillance for days. Written by
Stora Enso is Swedish-finnish pulp and paper manufacturer who have been making some really large investments in China recently.
They have been buying land in the countryside of china for the development of large plantations of Eucalyptustrees. Eucalyptustrees are very useful when it comes to pulpprodcution.
But as filmmaker Mika Koskinen claims in this documentary everything may not be as impressive as Stora Enso says. According locals interviewed in this documentary, Stora Enso and the Chinese government are using some really tough methods in order to buy land or rather push people off their properties.
Also there is an environmental aspect, are the large quantities of Eucalyptustrees good for the environment?
And Chinas new claims as a country that cares about nature, environment, are they really true?
Mika Koskinen has been trying to document this development for years but has met tough opposition from Chinese officials, Stora Enso, and people connected to Stora Enso.
It is a chilling and slightly depressing documentary about a country that has the power to change everything regarding environmental policies but does (according to Mika Koskinen)very little.
And why is the question? Well, profit seems to be the easy answer....
Watch this well-made documentary and see for yourself whether or not China will last as new economic superpower.
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