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Every Seventh Person| 1hr : 10mins
Director: Elke Groen, Ina Ivanceanu | Producer: Bady Minck
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Luxembourg
Subject Tags: asia, china, community, culture, globalization, livelihood
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Every seventh person on earth is a Chinese farmer. 800 million people live in 800,000 villages in China, which is more than half of the world's population. For thousands of years, Chinese farmers have coined China's cultural landscape. They were the victims of the seigneurs and it was they who have substantially carried the birth of Communism and Mao's revolution in China in 1949. Today there are over 150 million farmers in those villages, considered as dispensable. There are 200 million migrant workers, former farmers, traveling around the country to find work. What does the future of Chinese villages look like? What visions do its inhabitants have? And why is it, that particularly those villages are a field test for democracy in China? A documentary about the state of farmers in China today: in-between industrialization and subsistence agriculture, among fast forward capitalism and socialistic structures. An exceptional documentary that provides insight into life in China away from the urban and industrial centers, a life between socialism and the market economy, in which the villages become the testing grounds for democracy and self-determination.
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