In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. “The Land of Many Palaces” follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressurized to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250,000,000 farmers to cities across the nation, over the next 20 years.


Directed by Adam James Smith and Song Ting. Produced by Adam James Smith, Song Tin and Qihan Wang. Introduced by Jennifer Turner, Director of the China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The Land of Many Palaces

2015 CN 61 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Arts and Architecture, Energy & Resources, Global Perspectives