Food for thought this Sunday. From Jiang Xueqin & Brian Keeley’s “The Unseen China” shot in 2003 (h/t to China Crossroads):
In this thirty-minute documentary we propose to look at how China’s one billion unseen ordinary citizens has been affected by China’s economic transition. And we show that corruption in economic reforms has left many Chinese poor and angry.
Be prepared to shed a few tears towards the end!
Part 2: “We follow labor researcher Zhang Yaozu as he visits laid-off workers in northeast China, once the nation’s industrial hub and now due to the privatization of state-owned enterprises called China’s Rust Belt.”
Part 3: “Zhang Yaozu spends a night with a laid-off worker family, and listens to their complaints and concerns. The next morning he visits farmers who’ve lost their land to greedy developers and corrupt officials.”
Part 4: “Using the 2008 Olympics as pre-text Beijing officials have forcibly evicted hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents from their homes. We talk to one such resident Jia Zeshu who’s fighting City Hall.”
Part 5: “One resident Yang Honglin is about to lose his wife because of Beijing’s eviction process.”