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Wang Libo

Release year: 2009

Run time: 108 mins

Film type: Documentary


The documentary film Buried uses a factual and objective perspective to revisit the piece of buried history that is the Great Tangshan Earthquake. The film seeks to uncover the unknown truth, suffering, and bitterness regarding how many people were actually killed in the quake, exposing a much higher number of potential deaths. Regardless of whether we can confirm or deny this fact, the truth can never be buried: history will exist forever.

Buried interviews people involved in the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake, reveals the process of prediction and non-disclosure of the earthquake, using the count-down method, and describes the disregard of this non-disclosure by the government, which led to the tragedy in Wenchuan in 2008, a recurrence of the Tangshan quake.


Director biography

Wang Libo has been making multimedia art since 1999. He made the multimedia drama Absurd Wall and several documentaries, such as Buried. Buried won the documentary prize at the Chinese Documentary Exchange Week and was voted the feature film champion at the 2010 Chinese Documentary Film Festival in Hong Kong.

Director's statement

The 1976 Tangshan Earthquake left the world with a lot of unanswered questions. Before the earthquake, seismological personnel in Tangshan and quake experts in Beijing had already warned of an imminent quake. But in the end, more than 240,000 people had to pay with their lives, causing a shocking tragedy of massive proportions. Why did this happen? In the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake about 100,000 people were killed. Faced with terrible quakes, the human race repeats tragedy time and time again. It is terrible that people can only offer money and bland tears after the disaster, when better preparation could have saved lives. A people must courageously face its own weaknesses; only then is there room for progress.