The Land of Many PalacesThe Land of Many Palaces
Directed by Adam James Smith & Song Ting

In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. The Land of Many Palaces follows a government official whose job is to convince these 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. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250 million farmers to cities across the nation over the next 20 years.

If you are interested in screening The Land of Many Palaces at a conference or workshop, or if you’d like to invite directors to your campus to speak about the film, please contact thelandofmanypalaces@gmail.com.

Universities, high schools, public libraries, community groups, museums and other institutions can order an “Educational DVD”. For individuals, “Home Use” DVD’s will be available from Spring 2016.


The Land of Many Palaces (Trailer) from Adam James Smith on Vimeo.

Posted by Shawn Mahler

Los Angeles native Shawn Mahler has a wealth of experience working on film, video, and theater productions in the United States and Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Theory and Production from the University of California, Irvine. Shawn has spent over ten years in Japan where he has worked with numerous industry professionals to develop television shows, movies, and theatrical productions.