The multi-award-winning Chinese film Aftershock, directed by Feng Xiaogang depicts the great earthquake in Tangshan City in northern China in 1976. In the center of the film is a family, depicted over a period of 30 years. The truck driver Da Qiang, his wife Yuan Ni and their two children are a happy and simple family. On 27 June 1976 the disastrous earthquake destroys the entire city, and Da Qiang dies during an attempt to rescue his family. Yuan Ni is forced to choose which of her children she will save, and the choice falls on the boy Fang Da. The daughter Fang Deng survives miraculously, is adopted, and lives as an adult in Canada with her husband and daughter. In an earthquake 32 years later she returnes to China as a volunteer, and is then reunited with her mother and brother. Traumas, bitterness and reconciliation characterizes the relations of the family to each other.