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Reel Mountain Theater To Present Movie Up The Yangtze

Reel Mountain Theater will present the 35mm film Up The Yangtze on September 27th and 28th in Estes Park, Colorado. The film showcases the dramatic personal impact of the Three Gorges Dam project on the Chinese people, focusing on one family as the project takes over their lives: their land, their home and even their eldest daughter (Yu Shui). In the name of progress for the Chinese government, the largest hydroelectric dam project on earth will ultimately displace millions of people and change the legendary Chinese landscape forever.

This revealing film experience highlights the disparity between the Chinese work force behind the scenes of a tour ship on the Yangtze project, and the Western travelers above deck as they take in the spectral views of the rising waters. Stunningly photographed and beautifully composed, Up the Yangtze juxtaposes the poignant and sharply observed details of Yu Shui’s story against the monumental and ominous forces at work all around her.

Up The Yangtze will show only two times in Estes Park: at 1 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 27th, and at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept 28th.

The Saturday program will be combined with a presentation by world famous photographer James Frank, of Estes Park. Mr. Frank will present images from his tour of the Yangtze River project. Images that speak volumes about the changes at hand, and the impact to the people. This is the first time Mr Frank’s images will be seen by the public. After the film, there will be a brief discussion about aspects of the film, as well as the dam project that the audience will participate in.

Admission proceeds from Saturday’s event will be given to Chinese Children Charities (CCC), based in Denver, Colorado. CCC facilitates many Chinese adoptions each year (including both sponsors families), and reaches out to Chinese orphans through programs in that country on an ongoing basis.

Comprehensive information about the film and James Frank’s background are available on the special event page at

Tickets for either date may be purchased in person at Reel Mountain Theater, or online now. Tickets for the Saturday event are $12, and Sunday (film only) are $8.

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