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 250,000,000 farmers to cities across the nation, over the next 20 years.
Adam Smith is a Stanford-educated documentary filmmaker from England. His films focus on characters experiencing rapid change in their lives. To date, he has produced, directed and edited four short documentaries in America and one feature documentary in China. Ting Song is a director and cinematographer from China. She was selected for the Asian Film Academy of the Busan International Film Festival and the Golden Horse Academy at Taipei Golden Horse International Film Festival. She gained her MFA degree in Film Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.