China’s Unnatural Disaster

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Filmmaker Jon Alpert discuss his investigation into the 2008 Sichuan earthquake that destroyed many poorly constructed schools, killing an estimated 10,000 children. His documentary "China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province" follows parents who seek answers and are ignored and intimidated by the Chinese government, which attempted to censor and suppress any inquiry into the tragedy. “China’s Unnatural Disaster” has been nominated for an Oscar, and it is showing at MoMA February 28.


Jon Alpert

Comments [2]

bai ling

One way for "westerners" like Lopate to comfort themselves that the onslaught of the Chinese Car of Juggernaut is not eminent [and so deal a blow to notions of white supremacy] is to focus on China's growing and development pains. The earthquake is being use as an example. Well, what about the studied incompetence and focused neglect of the bush regime during Kathrina? This in a country where people feel they have arrived at full development and can't go further. LOL! To echo another poster, China China, China BOO! Don't be scared. Keep borrowing, keep warring and above all, keep your racist ways. It will take you far. Far, far, far.

Feb. 24 2010 02:49 PM
superf88 from

Great interview/ee, can't wait to see the film, thanks Lenny.

Feb. 24 2010 12:36 PM

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