Victoria Film Festival Screening
February 7th at 4pm in Odeon theatre #2.
In 1916, hoping to secure a seat at the world table, China agreed to give the Allied forces 140,000 peasant workers to help turn the tides against Germany. Thousands died. Almost all were forgotten. Almost, that is, until nearly a century later when a student named Zhang Yan undertook an epic journey of discovery, led almost entirely from the diary of a wartime interpreter. His amazing voyage highlights not only the incredible scope of this lost chapter of WWI and Canada’s surprising complicity in it, but also, through gorgeous recreations, the life and times of all those who lived and died in those muddy trenches.