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Of Humans and Nature in Documentary: The Logic of Capital in <i>West of the Tracks</i> and <i>Blind Shaft</i>

Ban Wang

in Chinese Ecocinema

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090866
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206724 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0009
Of Humans and Nature in Documentary: The Logic of Capital in West of the Tracks and Blind Shaft

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This chapter focuses on two films, West of the Tracks (2000) and Blind Shaft (2003), which exemplify China's problems in economic development and environmental degradation. It first examines the “creative destruction” of capital accumulation and the extraction of raw material from nature in the murder tale Blind Shaft. It then examines the cityscape of ruins in the Northeast (Dongbei), the former industrial heartland and present rust belt of socialist China, in the documentary film West of the Tracks.

Keywords: West of the Tracks; Blind Shaft; economic development; environmental degradation; capital accumulation; documentary

Chapter.  6294 words. 

Subjects: Film

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