Name List Investigation


At 14:28 on May 12, 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake happened in Sichuan, China. Over 5,000 students in primary and secondary schools perished in the earthquake, yet their names went unannounced. In reaction to the government’s lack of transparency, a citizen’s investigation was initiated to find out their names and details about their schools and families.

As of September 2, 2009, there were 4,851 confirmed. This video is a tribute to these perished students and a memorial for innocent lives lost.


Little Girl’s Cheeks
On December 15, 2008, a citizens’ investigation
 began with the goal of seeking an explanation
 for the casualties of the Sichuan earthquake that 
happened on May 12, 2008. The investigation covered 14 counties and 74 townships within the disaster zone, and studied the conditions of 153 schools that were affected by the earthquake.

By gathering and confirming comprehensive details about the students, such as their age, region, school, and grade, the group managed to affirm that there were 5,192 students who perished in the disaster.

Among a hundred volunteers, 38 of them participated in fieldwork, with 25 of them being controlled by the Sichuan police for a total of 45 times.

This documentary is a structural element of the citizens’ investigation.


采访上访遇难学生家长视频 (2010年)

北川中学5.12地震遗留建筑的拆除 (2011年1月19日)

Related information
志愿者与四川政府的电话录音整理节选 (2009年3月)
与5.12地震相关的艾未未博文 (2008年5月12 – 2010年5月12日)
媒体对5.12地震公民调查的采访报道 (2009年3月 – 2010年3月)

Progress reports
第一篇:名单收集状况分析及建议 (2009年4月28日)
第二篇:志愿者赴灾区实地调查阶段 (2009年5月22日)
第三篇:第四批“5.12地震”公民调查报告 (2009年6月7日)
第四篇:名单整理状况说明 (2009年7月28日)

Interview transcripts
采访东汽中学上访家长江福海文字稿 (2010年)
采访富新二小上访的四位家长文字稿 (2010年)
采访富新二小上访的六位家长文字稿 (2010年)
采访木鱼中学两位上访的家长文字稿 (2010年)
采访北川中学上访家长刘玉婷文字稿 (2010年)