Down to the Countryside

2011 marked the moment when China’s population became more urban than rural. This is a significant change for a population of more than 1 billion, which as recently as 1998 was 70 percent rural. At the same time, a back-to-the-land movement is emerging in China, led by urban intellectuals who are experimenting with alternative development models in the countryside. Directed by Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson, this film was funded by the Pulitzer Center, premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival in March 2014, and featured on NPR and CityLab.