Date
23 November 2017
Chai Jing, a former journalist at China Central Television, presents a self-funded documentary about smog. Photo: CFP
Chai Jing, a former journalist at China Central Television, presents a self-funded documentary about smog. Photo: CFP

Former TV anchor on crusade against pollution

A celebrity television journalist, who resigned from her job at the state broadcaster last year to take care of her sick daughter, has produced a deeply personal film about China’s worsening air pollution problem.

Chai Jing’s one-year project, Under the Dome, marks a comeback for the former TV presenter and journalist with China Central Television following the birth of her child, China Daily reported.

“I saw smog through my daughter’s eyes,” Chai was quoted as saying about the film.

The child was diagnosed with a tumor as a fetus and underwent surgery as a new-born baby.

In view of the heavy air pollution outside, the little girl was confined indoors, and she would pat the window apparently to show her frustration at being unable to play outside, the report said.

During her stint at CCTV, Chai gained fame as an investigative reporter, bringing to millions of homes her accounts of big national developments such as the SARS outbreak, Wenchuan earthquake and coal mine accidents.

She also earned the reputation of being an environmental advocate, coming out with a series of reports on pollution, particularly in her hometown, the coal-dependent province of Shanxi in northern China.

Chai said her 103-minute documentary seeks to explain to the public the menace of smog, and what can be done about it. 

She said it is also her way of telling her daughter why she often cannot go outside to play.

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