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Chinese EcocinemaIn the Age of Environmental Challenge$
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Sheldon H. Lu and Jiayan Mi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090866

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.001.0001

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Of Humans and Nature in Documentary: The Logic of Capital in West of the Tracks and Blind Shaft

Of Humans and Nature in Documentary: The Logic of Capital in West of the Tracks and Blind Shaft

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Chinese Ecocinema
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Ban Wang

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0009

This chapter focuses on two films, West of the Tracks (2000) and Blind Shaft (2003), which exemplify China's problems in economic development and environmental degradation. It first examines the “creative destruction” of capital accumulation and the extraction of raw material from nature in the murder tale Blind Shaft. It then examines the cityscape of ruins in the Northeast (Dongbei), the former industrial heartland and present rust belt of socialist China, in the documentary film West of the Tracks.

Keywords:   West of the Tracks, Blind Shaft, economic development, environmental degradation, capital accumulation, documentary

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