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.)
Intimate and riveting account of some of the many people making up China's growing migrant 'peasant-worker' phenomenon. Visually accomplished, each shot a compelling still in its own right, with notably interesting sound editing. I enjoyed this so much more than her fictional films. Really nicely done.
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.
This documentary is a moving piece despite operating on quite a basic level, and it's an eye-opening insight into the movement of poor Sichuanese peasants traveling to Xinjiang to pick cotton. Some parallels with the historical movement of thousands of people across the Atlantic for the cotton trade are inescapable. This is the China that doesn't grab the headlines, and for that reason alone it is vital viewing.
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.