When The Last Tree Dies  [Trailer]


An independent documentary film by Lynn Zhang & Shirley Han Ying about the water crisis in the North China Plain. It depicts the devastating consequences of water scarcity exacerbated by pollution.

The film follows a group of farmers who saw their orchards destroyed by water pollution, and their one-sided struggle against a major corporation and an unsympathetic local government to gain compensation.

Through the stories of the individual villagers and the predictions of local experts, we witness a paradise lost to economic progress, and the consequences of doing too little, too late.


Narration by Chris Gelken.

Written by Shirley Han Ying & Chris Gelken.
Edited & Color Graded by Shirley Han Ying.
Filmed by Shirley Han Ying & Lynn Zhang.
Music all by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"

Produced by Lynn Zhang & Shirley Han Ying in association with Center on U.S.-China Relations of Asia Society.

Copyright © 2012 Shirley Han Ying & Lynn Zhang.

Genre: Documentary
Trailer Run Time: 3 min 20 sec
Full Length Documentary: 27 min

Format: HD 1080p

Directors: Lynn Zhang & Shirley Han Ying

View full program on Culture Unplugged


For broadcast availability please contact shirley.gelken@gmail.com​