August 15, 2009

If I Were a Worker in China

From traditional factories in the Pearl River Delta to large enterprises in Suzhou and Hangzhou, and in a society that proclaims it will “uphold Marxism and dictatorship of the proletariat” yet continues to reform and open its door, how do today’s Chinese workers deal with the internal conflicts and global competitions?

About the Documentary
Losers and Winners
Directed by: Ulrike Franke 
A state-of-the-art coking plant built in 1992 at a cost of more than 650 million euros was closed eight years later. The factory was sold to a Chinese investor, and as a result, 400 Chinese workers were sent to the Ruhr in Germany. They were responsible for the disassembly of the plant, shipping, and the reassembly in China. The director filmed the dismantling process for a period of 18 months, and fully captured the clashes between the German workers and their Chinese colleagues.

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