China, Denmark｜2015｜95 min｜Colour｜DCP
In Putonghua with Chinese & English subtitles
Director: Zhang Zanbo
The Chinese director Zhang Zanbo managed in 2010 to get unique and unprecedented access to the implementation of the financial plan. For more than three years the director filmed the construction of a section of a highway through a quiet village in Hunan, a province in central China. The result is a rare insight into the impact of the financial plan has had on a local community. The main character throughout the film is Mr Meng, the vice president of a private construction company responsible for the building of a part of the highway system. He appears whenever there is an argument or a fight. In China, a great number of people are working for 'stabilisation', and Mr Meng is leading such a position in the construction company. Zhang Zanbo has filmed the management team as well as the local residents and the workers. The film follows local villagers and peasants that are forced to move due to land acquisition. Temples are moved and migrant workers experience a lack of safety under very difficult working conditions. Most of the workers on the construction site are migrant Chinese workers that travel around the country to make a living. The management of the construction company has been strongly supported by the Communist Party and the local authorities, but they want their share of the financial apple. As a consequence, corruption and violence have become a common part of the making of the road.
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