The Sichuan Hard Road

The Sichuan Hard Road presents a unique and informative testimony by expert scientists and expert survivors. The 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake took by surprise communities and authorities in Sichuan Province, China. But in spite of its tragic outcome, this seismic episode increased regional awareness of multi-hazard tectonic risk including severe shaking, avalanches and mudflows. This event also contributed to the overall improvement of earthquake preparedness in a region defined by a wide variety of terrain in both rural and urban areas.

The Sichuan Hard Road documentary film presents testimonies from survivors throughout the Longmenshan fault region, it is spoken in Chinese and Sichuanese with English subtitles. We collaborated with the China Earthquake Administration in the making of a film that explains to mainstream audiences some of the unique scientific facts and tectonic risk inherent to this region. The film also seeks to make an emotional connection with local viewers and to communicate some of the lessons learned. Key collaborators in this project are Prof. Xu Xiwei, China Earthquake Administration and Asst. Prof. Wei Shengji, Earth Observatory of Singapore.

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