2021-11-09 11:17:56 | Source：https://www.cgtn.com/
“We had unprecedented access embedded in their poverty alleviation programs as we traveled across China to desperately impoverished areas, meeting villagers, local officials, and independent monitors." ——Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn
Dr. Kuhn following the Party Secretary of villages to visit poor households in Hainan Province. /CGTN Photo
“This is unique.This is what I want to tell.This is what I need to bring out to the rest of the world to realize,This is something unprecedented that is happening in China.” This is what Peter Getzel, director of the documentary “Voice from the Frontline: China’s War on Poverty” said in an interview with us. His first comment.
The feature documentary "Voices from the Frontline: China's War on Poverty" is presented by China's State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development in association with CGTN, the Kuhn Foundation, and PBS SoCal, hosted and written by Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, host of the CGTN program “Closer to China with R.L. Kuhn”, renowned China expert and recipient of the China Reform Friendship Medal, and is produced by a joint US-China production team. It provides a textured and intimate portrayal of China’s historic “targeted poverty alleviation.”
Dr. Kuhn filmed parts of the documentary in bitter cold. /CGTN Photo
Since as early as 2012, China has stressed the great importance of “targeted poverty alleviation.” As President Xi Jinping once said, “Poverty alleviation has always been a most important part of my work, and I have spent more energy on it than on anything else.” China has reduced its poor population from 98.99 million in 2012 to 5.51 million in 2019, and its registered poor counties from 832 in 2013 to 52 in 2019.
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The production of the documentary took two years, during which the film crew visited poor households in six provinces — Guizhou, Gansu, Xinjiang, Shanxi, Sichuan and Hainan — and interviewed the director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, as well as government officials at the provincial, city, county, township and village levels.
The international crew filming the Party secretaries at five levels of local government, who coordinate their work to combat poverty in rural Lyuliang, Shanxi Province. /CGTN Photo
The documentary captures in verité style the following stories: The young Party Secretary working in a remote village; the Gansu girl who changed her fate through education; The Kazakh herder who lifted himself out of poverty by raising camels; The elderly of Guizhou who were relocated out of the mountains.
Focusing on everyman’s lifestory, the documentary presents the Chinese concepts of “targeted poverty alleviation” and explains the “five methods” to overseas audiences.
The documentary recorded on camera, for the first time, the entire process of a third-party assessment of poverty alleviation, echoing the words of Liu Yongfu, Director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development. “China’s goal of poverty alleviation is clear,” he said; “our determination is firm, subjects clear, tasks concrete. Requirements to get result are stringent. Fraudulent practices will not be tolerated.”
With the first crow at dawn, we set off again, in search of the little-known story covered in deep mountains and hills where the poor reside. Poverty alleviation campaign is en route with no cease, so is our documentary “Voices from the Frontline: China’s War on Poverty”.
Dr. Kuhn visiting a poor household with Yao Hai, Party-Branch Secretary of Daijing Village, Huishui County, Qiannan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province. /CGTN Photo
Since its pilot on PBS SoCal in 2019, the documentary has been warmly received by audiences all over the world:
“The documentary offers an unprecedented individual insight into Chinese society, providing a comprehensive picture of China's efforts to achieve its goal of building a "moderately prosperous society" by 2020.” ——Robert Marston, Chairman of Marston Strategic Communications
“The documentary illustrates China's great achievements in poverty alleviation vividly. As an achievement unprecedented in the world, China's four decades of reform and opening-up have contributed to lift its people out of poverty.” —— Graham Allison, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense and author of the "Thucydides Trap"
“The documentary tells a fascinating story, showing how President Xi jinping led the Chinese people to shake off extreme poverty.” ——Maurice Greenberg, winner of the China Reform Friendship Medal
“It was a great documentary, noting that poverty alleviation would become an important political legacy for President Xi Jinping.” —— Michael Medavoy, Hollywood producer and Academy Award winner
In 2020, "Voices from the Frontline: China's War on Poverty" will be open to lager-scale oversea audience. It is to premiere on PBS SoCal in U.S. on May 11, 2020, and will be broadcast on PBS stations across the country with streaming available online at pbssocal.org/voicesfromthefrontline, as well as on pbs.org and on the free PBS App.
“Come and behold, something probably you don't know much about, and it will change the way you view China.” Said Peter Getzel. His last comment.