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Bitter Money

Synopsis
BITTER MONEY documents China’s rapid economic and social transformation by following the rural workers who leave their Yunnan hometown to move to the city of Huzhou, one of the busiest cities of eastern China (with the highest number of part-time workers), to labor in its textile factories. But what they find are few opportunities and poor living conditions that push people, even couples, into violent and oppressive relations. The camera follows Xiao Min, Ling Ling, and Lao Yeh closely, capturing the emotions of their daily hard work and disappointments upon receiving their wages. The film deals directly with the effects of 21st-century capitalism, as filmmaker Wang Bing acts as witness to the lives of people forced to adapt to a new economic landscape.
Language
Chinese - Mandarin (PRC)
Country
China
Year of release
2017
Year of production
2016
Notes
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Subjects
Anthropology; Economics
Keywords
capitalism; China; employees; migrant workers; working conditions

Credits

Director
Bing Wang

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1 NTSC
Price
$35.000
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
152 minutes
Year
2017

Distributor

Name

Icarus Films

Email
mail@icarusfilms.com
Web
http://icarusfilms.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 718 488 8900
Fax
+1 718 488 8642
Address
32 Court Street
21st Floor
Brooklyn
NY 11201
USA
Notes
A US distributor with an extensive collection of mainly independently-made documentary films from around the world on social, arts and humanities topics. Dedicated to distributing films about people and ideas too often unseen or unheard. Not all titles are for sale on DVD or digital streaming outside the US. Previouslyknown as First Run/Icarus Films.

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