China / 2015 / 90 minutes / NR

Beginning with a mining explosion in Mongolia and ending in a ghost city west of Beijing, political documentarian Zhao Liang’s visionary new film Behemoth details, in one breathtaking sequence after another, the social and ecological devastation behind an economic miracle that may yet prove illusory.

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  • "Colossal in scope... Behemoth seems to shudder with the destructive power of invisible, ubiquitous, and cruelly indifferent authority."

    — The New Yorker
  • "Stunningly lensed, cumulatively moving. Unquestionably Zhao’s most accomplished film."

    — Variety
  • "A remarkable, powerful film. Visually, this breathtaking film reminds us, at times, of Sebastiao Salgado’s photographs of Brazilian miners."

    — Screen
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