Published: Feb. 9, 2015

Adam Smith will come to CU on Thursday, February 12, to present a documentary he recently co-directed, The Land of Many Palaces, and to offer a preview screening another film, Mountain Town.

China is currently experiencing the most rapid urbanization of any place in history, with plans to relocate 250 million rural villagers into cities over the next two decades. New cities are popping up, seemingly overnight, and rural people are adjusting to a whole new way of life as they move from farmhouses into high-rise apartments and face a life no longer lived off the land. In The Land of Many Palaces, co-directors Adam Smith and Song Ting chronicle this transformation in the Inner Mongolian city of Ordos. The film follows a government official who must convince local farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressured to move.

Smith will also offer a preview screening his new film, Mountain Town, about the replica Wyoming town of Jackson Hole in Hebei, China.

These screenings are free and open to the public. For more information see Visit the film Facebook page at

The screenings will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry 142.

The Land of Many Palaces CU Screening