Qi Zhao, director of the documentary Fallen City is answering your questions in a live chat on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — the day after its broadcast premiere on POV — from 11 AM-12 PM ET (8 AM-9 AM PT).

In today’s go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt — boasting new and improved civic amenities — in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as Fallen City reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors. Three families struggle with loss — most strikingly the loss of children and grandchildren — and feelings of loneliness, fear and dislocation that no amount of propaganda can disguise. First-time director Qi Zhao offers an intimate look at a country torn between tradition and modernity. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS International. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Here’s an overview of the chat:

When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 11 AM-12 PM ET (8 AM-9 AM PT). If you can’t make it, you can send in your questions ahead of time by writing a comment below. RSVP on Facebook.

Who: Fallen City filmmaker Qi Zhao.

How: To join, bookmark this page and return to participate in the chat. The POV website will also have a transcript of the conversation on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

On July 28, 2014, at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of Fallen City on PBS (Check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website and mobile apps starting July 29, 2014, for a limited time. (U.S. only)

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