An intriguing take on the lives of the lower class who are institutionally powerless and voiceless by focusing on a transitional part of their life. That sort of liminal state the setting of the railroad and the train take on really I feel is also metaphorical to the lives of many who are hoping for a better life. Many want one not for them but for their children; others, the future is a gamble and is unpredictable.
Uno ve este documental desde su confortable sillón en el ordenador y piensa en lo terrible que es la vida para tres cuartas partes de la humanidad que tienen la mitad de derechos y confort que un perro en Niza. Te preguntas porque ellos y yo no. Hay momentos muy emotivos, especialmente al final donde la pregunta al joven de 16. "¿Piensas en el futuro? se "contesta" con un silencio que precede a una lagrima..
The subjects of this documentary is the Chinese peasants. It's like going inside of an island that has been isolated from the rest of the world since the 1800's. Two opposite concerns come up. The first one is their pure feelings which makes them capable of enjoying simple dreams. The second one is their naivety which takes them to slavery work. Oh sorry, it's not slavery. You got paid if you work REAL hard.
Short and sweet. Even though it's a glimpse into rural Chinese dreams, the themes in their hopes and sufferings are universal. The humanism in the short exchanges gives you a deeper appreciation of the paths we take and the people we meet. (I could especially relate because these thoughts mirror those of millions of rural Indians that I've been meeting on trains my whole life.)
Its informal and honest interviews with the Chinese peasants shows us what their life is like in an unbiased and deeply emotional way. Surely the most compelling documentary I've ever had the pleasure of watching, would recommend it to anyone!
Nothing like the enclosure of a long tedious train-ride to bring out the truth out of people! Would have been great to see them upon arrival to their destination... though the open-end is also part of this work's beauty!