Facing East is a movie that we made in cooperation with Vital Films from Colorado, USA.
The Yangtze River has been damned. This is some of the last footage ever shot of these canyons before they were lost to one of the biggest damming projects in the history of the world.
[caption id="attachment_9083" align="aligncenter" width="757"] In a desolate area of western China, three of Asia's greatest rivers plunge off the Tibetan Plateau through a neck in the Himalayas only 50 miles wide. The spectacular Yunnan Gorges of the Yangtze River, Mekong River and Salween River are home now to a massive hydro electric project that is converting a living, spectacular, unique river to a series of 13 damns with no free flowing sections of river in-between. They are taking this area of life and nature and turning it into a area of industry. The undertaking is causing massive environmental damage and the destruction of thousands of cultural heritage sites. As if the loss of a land is not enough the Chinese government has already displaced 1.3 million people out of there homes and only millions more are in the path of evacuation. Come with Vital Films and Kayakers as we take you on a inside look at the death of this river and land. Very few if any people have experienced the beauty of this place. The power people in Shanghi that are making these decisions don't understand what their loosing in this race for modernization and race for power and as time determines the fate of the land and home of millions, the realization that power generation has won out against preservation. Clearly the race against the clock if their ever was one as far saving this river and land is a finished race.[/caption]