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Before the Flood 2-Gong Tan 淹沒II:龔灘
Yan Yu 鄢雨

Gongtan is a village located on the banks of the Wu River, a tributary of the Yangtze. It has a history of over 1700 years.
In 2007, the Datang International Power Generation Company built a dam on the Wu’s upper reaches. The people of Gongtan were going to be relocated.
While their father Ran Qicai, an old boat tracker, lies in bed ill, his sons Ran Qingsong, a barber, and Ran Si, a cell-phone shop proprietor, pull the people of Gongtan together to make a stand against the village’s relocation. 
But while the will of the townspeople wavers amid pressure and suspicion, the two self-appointed leaders step up and fight fiercely for their rights. This is a struggle to save their land and homes.
Ran Qicai succumbs to illness. As the sound of bulldozers mingles with the sounds of the funeral, the houses fall, heralding the end of an era.

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