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Where is Shangri-La?

Two explorers set off to southwest China in search of the elusive Shangri-La.

Taking a cue from links between the book Lost Horizon, and Joseph Rock's travel stories published in National Geographic, we embark on an arduous quest.

Could the mythical place be based on Muli in Sichuan, China?

  • DJ Clark
  • Jack Yao
  • Simon Chapman
  • DJ Clark
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    22 minutes 5 seconds
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    March 22, 2019
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    10,000 USD
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  • China Daily
    Country: China
    Rights: All Rights, Internet
Director Biography - DJ Clark

DJ Clark first described himself as a multimedia journalist back in 1994 while single-handedly covering the British Winter Special Olympic team for TV, radio and print. He now has over 25 years experience working with media organisations across the world as a video producer, photojournalist, presenter, writer, trainer and multimedia consultant.

DJ is currently multimedia director at China Daily Asia, video advisor to the Asia News Network and a contributing video producer to The Economist and National Geographic. In 2006 he moved to China as a base for covering Asia where he continues to live with his growing family.

Both as a practitioner and researcher DJ has a deep interest in visual journalism as a tool for change in the Majority World. In 2009 he completed a PhD at the University of Durham that focused on the subject and has gone on to write and speak extensively on the issue. He also teaches at the University of Bolton and at the Asia Center for Journalism, is a regular tutor for World Press Photo & British Council workshops, is a co-founder/tutor of Multimedia Train and is co-host of the Multimedia Week Podcast. In 2017 DJ was chair of the World Press Photo Short Form Digital Story Telling jury.

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Director Statement

This film is the third in a series of short documentaries with Simon Chapman that investigate links between classic fiction stories and late 19th century/early 20th century exploration. Previous films looked at The Lost World and the Russian classic Dersu Uzala.

A non subtitle version and a Chinese version of the film are also available.