The film crew rented a few boats, setting off from the Yangtze’s marine port Shanghai, passing Nanjing, Wuhan, the massive Three Gorges Dam, and Chongqing, filming all the way to the upper Yangtze Yibin, then crossing over dry land from Yibin to the Yangtze River’s source, Qinghai/Tibet - filming a total distance of thousands of kilometres. The documentary utilizes a non-narrative style, and there is almost no dialog in the entire film. Experimental music and noise recorded live on scene were used in post-production, painstakingly paired with relatively independent visuals, creating a magically realistic atmosphere contrasted with people seeming to be “decorative figures” right out of traditional Chinese landscape scrolls. This unique work of sound and vision utilizes the “Yangtze”, in the director’s words, as a metaphor of the current chaos in China.
This film is black-and-white, and was selected for Cinéma du Réel Competition.