DOCUMENTARY 2005 | 54 MIN | ZDF-ARTE

In China, 150 million migrant workers are on the move to search for better living. Since labor in the rural areas is badly paid, many people are moving to the big cities. More than a billion Chinese are still living under very humble conditions, some even in downright poverty. The only chance for young men and women living in rural areas today is to leave their homes behind and look for work on the booming east coast, in factories and at construction sites – resulting in dysfunctional families and broken social structures in their deserted homevillages. In their new environment, the migrant workers are living a life as second class citizens. We follow a group of peasants from An Hui province to the booming construction sites of Shanghai, where they hope to make enough money to send their children to university one day.

Directed, shot and edited by CHRISTIAN SCHIDLOWSKI
Produced by VIDICOM MEDIA PRODUCTIONS
Funded by NORDMEDIA

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