Growing up in Rural China—A Look at China’s Basic Education

As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen, and the distribution of resources remains uneven, we see a severe urban-rural disparity in China’s basic education. How do rural students get rid of the feeling of powerlessness? How do they develop independent and critical thinking skills?

About the Documentary
Village Middle School
Directed by: Tammy Cheung
The film takes viewers to a middle school located in a rural, mountainous area in Yunnan. The school offers music classes, but there is no piano. It offers arts classes, but there are no paints. Students can only afford RMB$1 (approx. US$0.16) per meal. Let us take a close look at education in rural China.