Waking The Green Tiger
Waking The Green Tiger
Waking The Green Tiger
Item#: GTW-987
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Running Time: 78 minutes
Grades 9 - Adult
Closed Captioned • Scene Selection
English and Mandarin with English subtitles
Includes Chinese language version (Mandarin and English with SC Chinese subtitles)
A Film by Gary Marcuse and Betsy Carson


"Highly recommended. A fascinating film that is a pleasure to view. Chronicles the brave beginnings of a new green movement...as well as giving the viewer a glimpse back at the history of environmental disaster under communism."
– Educational Media Reviews Online

"Explores both the historical disregard for, even hostility toward, the environment under the classic Communist regime and the emerging environmental movement in contemporary China. "
- Anthropology Review Database

"In this lushly filmed documentary, (the producers) beautifully captured the spirit of this grassroots movement in China with stunning images, superb writing and excellent use of strong, compelling personal stories.”
- Susanne Reber, Grantham Prize Juror

"Gary Marcuse's stirring documentary celebrates the brave souls at the forefront of China’s new revolution."
–Vancouver International Film Festival

"Waking the Green Tiger manages the perfect balance between information and entertainment, condensing several decades of history into a rousing portrait of China’s emerging green movement. It’s a portrait of people, from the humblest of farmers to some of China’s biggest government players, coming together to shape a new socially-and eco-conscious paradigm."
— Brett Kessler, WABC 7

"Stirring… this engaging documentary shakes up a lot of assumptions we may have about China and opens our eyes to a revolution that brings on public debate."
–Toronto Star

"Waking the Green Tiger is wonderful, an amazing story that opens an unexpected window onto China."
–Ronald Wright, author, A Short History of Progress

"Waking the Green Tiger is an inspiring and very human story... and a reminder for all of us to stand up for our own environment with the same courage."
–David Suzuki, Host, The Nature of Things

"(An) inspiring and beautiful film… an entertaining, optimistic, and informative movie about environmentalism."
–Jenna Hunt, IndependentFilmReviews.com

Winner, Grantham Award of Special Merit
Winner, Writer’s Guild of Canada, 2012 Canadian Screenwriting Awards: Best Documentary
Best Canadian Documentary, Planet in Focus Film Festival, Toronto
Winner, Top 10 Canadian Films, Vancouver International Film Festival

Official Selection:
Borneo Eco Film Festival
Cinevolution Film Arts, Canada
CROSSROADS Festival for Documentary Film and Discourse, Graz, Austria
FilmAmbiente Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Hawaii International Film Festival
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
Rangi Changi Film Series, Vancouver
Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival New Zealand
Saltspring Film Festival, Canada
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Santa Rosa International Film Festival
Sao Paulo Mostra Ecofalante de Cinemas Ambientale
Shanghai International Film Festival
Spokane International Film Festival
Voices from the Waters Film Festival Bangalore, India
Washington DC Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
World Community Film Festival, Canada




All prices include DVD and PPR

• K-12 Schools, Non-Profits, and Public Libraries $89
• Colleges, Institutions, & Businesses: $250
• Colleges, Institutions, & Businesses (with DSL): $550

Waking the Green Tiger tells the dramatic story of the rise of the first major grassroots environmental movement in China, a significant development that could reshape the country. Seen through the eyes of farmers, journalists, activists and a former government insider, the film traces the historical evolution of the movement and highlights an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project slated for the Upper Yangtze River in southern China.

Featuring archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with insiders and witnesses, the documentary also portrays the earlier history of Chairman Mao's campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress. Mao mobilized millions of people in campaigns that reshaped China's landscape, destroyed lakes, forests and grasslands, and unleashed dust storms. Despite the evident consequences, critics of this approach were silenced for decades.

The green movement emerged when a new environmental impact law was passed in 2004. For the first time in China's history, ordinary citizens gained the right to speak out and take part in government decisions. Green activism grew into a larger movement as local villagers and urban activists joined forces to oppose a massive new dam at Tiger Leaping Gorge on the Upper Yangtze that would have displaced 100,000 people. Their extraordinary campaign is a primary focus of the film.

Waking the Green Tiger also gained unprecedented access to the former director of China's Environmental Protection Agency, Qu Geping, whose years of work inside the government laid the foundation for environmental protection in China. Qu provides a candid look at the state of the environment in China from Mao until now, and discusses how environmental law and the green movement have a key role to play in the evolution of democracy in China.