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‘Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Alibaba Story’ Released Worldwide Exclusively on Vimeo On Demand

Taluswood Films announced today the worldwide release of its award-winning documentary film, Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Alibaba Story. The film is immediately available for rental and purchase on Vimeo On Demand’s groundbreaking platform at the following link:

Film poster from award-winning documentary 'Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Alibaba Story'. (Photo: Bu ...

Film poster from award-winning documentary 'Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Alibaba Story'. (Photo: Business Wire)

An independent memoir directed and produced by a former Alibaba insider, Crocodile in the Yangtze follows China’s first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma as he grows Alibaba from a small apartment into China’s first global Internet company, battling - and beating – eBay in China along the way. The film provides rare behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of China’s largest e-commerce company. “Crocodile in the Yangtze is a must-see film for anyone who wants to truly understand Alibaba,” said Angela Lee, Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Since its sold-out World Premiere at the Sonoma International Film Festival, Crocodile in the Yangtze has traveled to 20 film festivals, garnering several awards including “Best Documentary” at the San Francisco United Film Festival and “Best Film on Entrepreneurship” at the Silicon Valley Film Festival. To date, the film has screened to audiences of students and entrepreneurs in more than 50 cities on six continents. Business Insider calls Crocodile in the Yangtze “Thrilling…Entertaining… Suspenseful…Incredible!”

“I made Crocodile in the Yangtze to inspire entrepreneurs and others with a dream, so that they could apply the lessons from Alibaba’s successes and mistakes to their own endeavors,” said Porter Erisman, a former Alibaba Group Vice-President and the film’s director. “I’m thrilled to finally make Crocodile in the Yangtze available to audiences worldwide.”

Exclusive Worldwide Release on Vimeo On Demand

The release marks the first time the film is available for purchase by the general public. Starting today, the film may either be purchased for US$9.95 or rented for US$4.95 on Vimeo On Demand’s groundbreaking platform.

“Vimeo On Demand is the natural home for Crocodile in the Yangtze,” said Erisman. “Just as Alibaba revolutionized the way physical products are sold online, Vimeo is revolutionizing the way video content is sold online. The future of film distribution is here – and it’s Vimeo On Demand.”

Crocodile in the Yangtze is a compelling doc that gives audiences a glimpse into the inspirational life of Jack Ma and the rise of Alibaba,” said Sam Toles, Vice President, Content Acquisition and Business Development, Vimeo. “We’re excited to work with Porter and support his worldwide release of the film.”

Film Clips and Excerpts

Along with the film release, Taluswood Films also released a set of embeddable video excerpts, which capture key milestones in Alibaba Group’s history. The film clips, which may be embedded in external websites referencing Crocodile in the Yangtze, can be found at the following link:

Director’s Introduction

A video introduction to the film’s history and background can be found at the following link:

Film Trailer Link:

Trailer Embed Code:

<iframe src="//" width="500" height="400" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="">Crocodile in the Yangtze - The Alibaba Story - Trailer</a> from <a href="">Taluswood Films</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Accredited journalists wishing to preview the film can request a complimentary screener from the film’s director at: [email protected].

For more information about Crocodile in the Yangtze, visit the film’s official website:

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