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IMAGE AND SOUND / South China City: new generation factory workers in Shenzhen
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 18/01/2016
Original: Die neue Generation - Fabrikarbeiter in Südchina

South China City: new generation factory workers in Shenzhen

Ye Zu Yi 叶祖艺

Translated by  Susanne Schuster سوزان شوستر

 

Film maker Ye Zu Yi comes from a family of migrant workers, though he was able to complete school and study. This was paid for by the wages of his older sister who has been working in the factories of Southern China for twenty years. Thus, Ye was spared the dirty work. But at some point he packed in his job at the film production company and went to work in a toy factory in Shenzhen. There he wanted to find out what the workers do and want, what they feel and how they live. He worked in the injection moulding department and lived with colleagues in a shared room in a workers' dormitory.

 

He observed and filmed the day to day lives of five workers in the factory, the dormitory and on the street. They talk, swear, joke and banter. They complain about work pressures, production quotas, low pay and bonuses, Sunday work, high rents, money worries and hard times with supervisors. They speak about their lives, women and drugs, sometimes amicably, sometimes boastfully. They want to get out of the factory, dreaming about their own business, not knowing if and how they could realise this.

The conversations and interviews take place in the breaks, when dozing or intoxicated, before washing, sleeping or working. A raw documentation of the daily life in a factory producing for the global market.

Chinese with English subtitles

76 min.

2010





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Source: http://de.labournet.tv/video/6554/die-neue-generation-fabrikarbeiter-suedchina
Publication date of original article: 17/01/2016
URL of this page : http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=17071

 

Tags: ChinaShenzhenSouth China CityNew working classChinese factory workersDocumentary filmsYe Zu YiMigrant workers
 

 
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