Video: Tan Zuoren’s Sichuan Earthquake Investigation

Documentary filmmaker Ai Xiaoming has posted a video (in Chinese) about activist Tan Zuoren’s investigation into schools that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Tan has since been imprisoned and charged with subversion. From the introduction:

In late August 2008, following the 100th day of the Sichuan Earthquake, rescue teams began to withdraw and the media ceased to report on the disasters at the schools. Chengdu environmentalist Tan Zuoren and local volunteers were still rushing from one collapsed school to the next, trying to find out why they had collapsed. Autumn went and winter came, Tan Zuoren and Xie Yihui had visited ten counties and cities and over eighty towns and townships in the main disaster region, covering a distance of about 3,000km. They managed to release an investigate report on the internet before the 1st anniversary of the May 12 Earthquake. This is the first investigative report conducted by independent citizens on the collapsed schools.

An Investigation by Citizens from SC King on Vimeo.

More information about the video is here.

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