On the evening of 7 February 2013, Nesta was transformed into a cinema for a special screening of this award-winning documentary. The film was followed by a discussion between leading technology journalist, Bobbie Johnson, and the film's Director, Porter Erisman, as well as a Q&A session with the audience.
Winner of 'Best film about innovation and entrepreneurship at the 2012 Silicon Valley Film Festival', Crocodile in the Yangtze follows internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles eBay on the way to building China's first global internet company, Alibaba Group. An independent memoir written, directed and produced by an American who worked in Ma's company for eight years, Crocodile in the Yangtze captures the emotional ups and downs of life in a Chinese Internet startup at a time when the internet brought China face-to-face with the West.
Crocodile in the Yangtze draws on 200 hours of archival footage filmed by over 35 sources between 1995 and 2009. The film presents a strikingly candid portrait of Ma and his company, told from the point of view of an "American fly on a Chinese wall" who witnessed the successes and the mistakes Alibaba encountered as it grew from a small apartment into a global company employing 16,000 staff.
Provided courtesy of Taluswood Films. Not rated. Running time: 75 minutes.