Director: Meng Han | 88 min | 2019 | China
China, long plagued by smog, has declared war "for the defence of the blue sky”. Smog Town shows the battle underway in one of its most air-polluted cities, Langfang.
At the local environmental protection bureau, deputy chief Li and his assistant Hu feel the full weight of responsibility.
Far-reaching measures are needed to combat the fog laced with smoke and exhaust fumes that are harming the health of citizens and the image of the Communist Party. The government’s strict environmental policy includes imposing sanctions on the mayors who are responsible.
The task is clear: to improve air quality, now. But how is this possible? How do they navigate between the conflicting interests of government, industry, small business owners and employees affected? Climate versus economy - a dilemma faced by both China and the rest of the world.
A wonderful observational documentary about two very likeable men with the best of intentions and the weight of the world on their shoulders.
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