China’s Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. The completion of the dam is regarded by Chinese officials as a marvelous engineering and economic success. But the completion of the dam had a tremendous economic and cultural impact on the people who live upriver from the dam.
In Great Wall Across the Yangtze PBS filmmaker Ellen Perry examines the effect of the Three Gorges Dam’s construction on the people living upriver from the dam. Using a mix of new and archival footage the film also explains why the dam was built. Through the film students will learn not only why the dam was constructed but why some people were opposed to its construction.
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You can watch the film in its entirety and find discussion questions for it here.