China's Environment On The Brink Of Disaster

Rainmakers is an investigative documentary about the decline of China’s environment. The story is told from the perspective of four civil activists who refuse to accept the ongoing ecological destruction of their homeland. On the border of heroism and stubbornness, four diverse and remarkable Chinese civilians explain why they have the courage to fight the pettish and aggressive local authorities, against all odds. In a film that takes the natural cycle of water as its visual framework, the polluted air of Beijing and Changsha, the filthy water of the Qiantang river and the advancing sand of the Tengger desert, serve as symbols for an environmental battle with many losers and occasionally some winners.

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Director and written by: Floris-Jan van Luyn
Producer: Submarine
Co-producer: ZDF, VPRO
Release: 2010
Running time: 76 minutes
Shooting format: HD
Screening format: HDCam / DigiBeta
Screen ratio: 16:9 Colour
Language: English
Sound: Stereo


Marc’Aurelio Award for Best Documentary in the Extra Section (Rome IFF, Rome, Italy 2010)

WWF Award for Biodiversity (Rome IFF, Rome, Italy 2010)

Green Award (Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, UK 2010)

First Prize 10.000 SFr (The IFF and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland 2011)

Jury Award in the category Con-Science (Docville Leuven, Belgium 2011 )


Scenario and director: Floris-Jan van Luyn
Producers: Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting
Film Editor: Gys Zevenbergen
Photographer: Stef Tijdink
Production Sound Mixer: Rik Meier
Music: Daniël Hamburger
Musicians: Michiel van Dijk, Katya Gabeli
Postproduction Sound: Boon & Booy
Online editor: Rob Das
Assistant Film Editors: Rizky Gerilya, Tim van der Maden
Advise, local production & translation: Zheng Qiong
Line producers: Fabie Hulsebos, Janneke van de Kerkhof
Production coordinator: Anne Buiter
Production assistants: Grace Schouteren, Nikki Smit
Production assistant China: Jiang Li
Production VPRO: Ymke Kreiken
Commissioning editor VPRO: Jos de Putter
Commissioning editor ZDF/ARTE: Hans-Robert Eisenhauer

This production was made with the support of Dutch Cultural Media Fund, National Broadcasters Coproduction Fund MEDIA Programme of the European Union

A Submarine production in co-production with VPRO and ZDF in collaboration with ARTE

© 2009 Submarine/VPRO



Film: Rainmakers