The Family in Sinkhole

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Date Time Venue
6/10 (Sat) 7:30 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
17/10 (Wed) 7:30 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum*

*Q&A session with director

Yao Zubiao
China / 2017 / 70 min
In Putonghua with Chi & Eng Sub

A vast crater in the mountains of Yunnan, once a village for lepers, is now home to dozens of ordinary households. Due to its unique landscape, it has become a tourist attraction in recent years. This became a source of conflict as the young generation sees this change as a business opportunity while the elders resist the change.

Director's Profile
Yao Zubiao graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. The Family in Sinkhole, was named Best Documentary at the 2nd Zurong Dialect Film Festival and was featured at Beijing College Student Film Festival.

Background Information

Wude Tiankeng Scenic Area is located at Xinzhai village in Zhenxiong xian of Yunnan province at an elevation of 1,440 meters. The Daguoquan sinkhole featured in the film is 600 meters across and on average 120 meters deep, making it the largest sinkhole in the scenic area. It takes the shape of a cone walled with precipices. Aside from its magnificent view, Daguoquan is also known for the villagers that reside within, who live reclusive lives and still practice old fashioned farming techniques.

Lacking up-to-date medical equipment, Dagouquan had been a quarantine zone for people with leprosy since 1953. All of Daguoquan's villagers are descendants of the sufferers of leprosy, and they live self-sufficient lives through agriculture. They have only been able to leave the village after 1964, when a 1 meter wide concrete staircase was built.

In recent years, the local government has been constructing basic infrastructure around Daguoquan to develop a tourist attraction. In 2016, the Wude Tiankeng Scenery Area was crowned the “Top New Unique Travel Landmark of Yunnan” by Yunnan Government News Agency and XinHua Net. In fact, China has already overdeveloped many natural heritage sites in a bid to expand its tourism industry. The overabundance of man-made scenery, rule-breaking tourists and environmental degradation has taken a toll on tourist attractions such as Mogao Caves, nature reserve of Changbai Mountain and Old Town of Lijiang.


Screenings at the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Science Museum will be available at URBTIX from 7 September.
Ticket Price: $70/$50*
*Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

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