This year marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative. Since mid-September, CGTN has been broadcasting a succession of episodes of the 15-part documentary “The Call of the Silk Road”.
By highlighting many of the challenges the world generally faces today, the documentary demonstrates how collaborative efforts under the Initiative are yielding positive results.
From the streets of Jakarta to the Nile and beyond, the film crew traveled to 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Featuring people from many different countries and backgrounds, the series explores their work, their lives, and their dreams and aspirations.
Through a combination of infrastructure and technology, Chinese innovations have not only transformed the way Chinese people live, but also inspired change in other countries. “The Call of the Silk Road” explores some of the latest developments in different parts of the world – from a digital highway that supports international e-commerce to megaprojects like Africa’s tallest building and the new administrative capital of Egypt.
In Indonesia, under the Belt and Road Initiative, Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway was inaugurated. Its expanding infrastructure and large young population, combined with good bilateral relations, make Indonesia a favored destination for Chinese talent, internet giants and venture capital. From ride-hailing and online delivery to new retail businesses, Indonesia is becoming a regional leader in the digital revolution.
More and more business models that have proven successful in China are visible around the world.
“The Call of the Silk Road” also investigates the stories of young people from Tanzania, Greece, Iran, Senegal and other countries, discovering how they found hope for a better future through in school, sports and other channels.
On the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania, Chinese doctors perform cataract operations. A mother of three can now see her children and husband clearly after years of frustration.
The port of Piraeus, Greece, was facing a crisis just over a decade ago. In 2010, the Chinese shipping company COSCO became involved in the operation of the port and breathed new vitality into it. Michalis, a dockworker, even received sponsorship from the company to support his daughter’s dream of winning a world kickboxing championship for Greece.
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In the universe, there is only one Earth, the common home of humanity.
Over the past ten years, the BRI has served not just as a random route or economic belt, but also as an initiative to achieve common progress for humanity.
In 1992, the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia was included on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Chinese professionals, specializing in fields ranging from archaeology, history and ancient architecture to chemical conservation and scientific preservation, contributed to the restoration effort. They have also inspired many young Cambodians to preserve and transmit their heritage.
“The Call of the Silk Road” features stunning 4K aerial photography and a workflow supported by AI technology. CGTN publishes it in five languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French.
The final part, “The Call of the Silk Road: The First Decade,” will have its world premiere on October 13. The full series and accompanying short videos will also be available on CGTN’s official website, app and social media platforms.