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Fanjun City

He Yang

Release year: 2011

Run time: 40 min

Film type: Documentary


Shuikou Hydropower Station is located on the Min River, the largest river in Fujian Province, 84 km from the provincial capital Fuzhou. construction began in 1987 and was completed in 1995, taking eight years. The flooded population is more than 80,000 people and the land area is 6.4 million mu. As in other parts of China where the compensation for migrants is similar, most of the migration fees were embezzled and misappropriated by local officials, and local farmers lost their ability to survive again while losing their land, making life Local farmers have lost their land and their ability to survive, making their lives miserable. From the beginning of the submerged migration in the 1990s, migrants from all over the region continued to petition about the injustices they had suffered, but none of them were properly addressed. After 2000, migrants from all parts of the submerged area tried to change their After the 2000s, waves after waves of rights struggles were launched to change their miserable fate.


Director biography

Independent documentary filmmaker
Born in 1970

From 2010 to 2011, he made a number of documentaries on human rights and social movements. They are: "Disbarment ", a film documenting the suppression of Chinese human rights lawyers by the government and the illegal revocation of their lawyers' licenses, "Emergency Shelter", a film documenting the torture and displacement of legal rights defender Ni Yulan by the Chinese government, "Herzog’s Days", a film reflecting the social movement and street protests triggered by the "Fujian Three Netizens Case", "Blood Years", a film documenting the arrest of AIDS rights activist Tian Xi, and "Fanjun City", a film documenting the survival of landless peasants. Among them, "Herzog’s Days" won the Citizen Award at the 1st Sunside of the Doc.

He has been blacklisted since he made a human rights documentary in 2010 and restricted from leaving the country, followed and placed under house arrest for a long time, beaten, raided, arrested and illegally detained by the police several times.

He emigrated to the United States in 2015.
He completed the documentary "No Retreat" in 2017, reflecting on human rights lawyers in China.