Under the Dome: A Documentary On Air Pollution in China

By Huiyu Yin

Earlier this month, a documentary called Under the Dome garnered more than 100 million views in less than 48 hours (available on YouTube with English subtitles).  It was financed by Chai Jing, a former China Central Television journalist and put the long-debated issue of air pollution in China in the spotlight again.

The documentary is a combination of scientific lectures, descriptions of an investigation she conducted, and the personal story of Ms. Chai and her daughter. Considering the Chinese government’s strict censorship laws, many were surprised that this documentary was not blocked since it is somewhat critical of the government.