Film Chronicling Rise of China’s Alibaba Group Set for May 28 Worldwide Release

Crocodile in the Yangtze Offers Rare Behind-the-scenes Access to Alibaba’s History and Inner Workings, Through the Eyes of a Former Insider

Pre-orders for the Award-Winning Independent Documentary Start Today Exclusively on Vimeo On Demand

Movie poster from the documentary film 'Crocodile in the Yangtze - The Alibaba Story' (Photo: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--()--Taluswood Films announced today that its award-winning documentary, Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Alibaba Story, will be released worldwide on May 28, 2014. An independent memoir directed and produced by a former Alibaba insider, the film 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 release marks the first time the film is being made available for purchase by the general public. Preorders begin today exclusively on Vimeo On Demand at the following link:

Since its sold-out World Premiere at the 2012 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.

“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, the film’s director. “I’m thrilled to finally make Crocodile in the Yangtze available to even wider audiences.”

Starting today, the film may either be purchased for US$9.95 or rented for US$4.95 by anyone with a credit card. Upon the film’s release on May 28, viewers can instantly watch and download the film through Vimeo’s groundbreaking Vimeo On Demand platform.

Accredited journalists wishing to preview the film prior to the film’s release can request a complimentary screener from the film’s director at:

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


Taluswood Films
Porter Erisman, +1-347-325-0929

Release Summary

Film Chronicling Rise of China's Alibaba Group set for Worldwide Release on May 28. Award-Winning Documentary by Former Insider Reveals Alibaba's History and Inner Workings.



Taluswood Films
Porter Erisman, +1-347-325-0929