Documentarist Qi Zhao follows the stories of three families in the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 people in the Sichuan province and saw whole communities disappear in an instance. The Chinese government put pride in the reconstruction work, but the new modern apartments are often too expensive to rent. Despite the country's booming economy, the great structural problems of modern day China are hard to ignore. Four years after the catastrophe many families still live in provisional settlements.
QI ZHAO is a Chinese filmmaker and producer who has worked 14 years for the Chinese state broadcaster. In 2009, he produced the Sundance favorite THE LAST TRAIN HOME (2009). FALLEN CITY is his directorial debut.