4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
Right before dawn, students in Huining, one of the most poverty-stricken counties in Western China, have already started their self-studying session. In here people’s only hope is in education, as the way to change their social status. China Gate captures a broader sense of how the current educational system in China inﬂuences on people and how it’s all connected, and with this way it gives an insight into the ‘Chinese Dream’ behind the studying madness. Today, changing one’s fate through studying is still a key path for most children in China. For example, the College Entrance Exam is like a door, and getting a job is the one that follows. This ﬁlm travels to three separate regions in China, crossing between urban and countryside, and follows different individuals. The juxtaposition of a small county school with a highly pressured large city is a way to question deeper beneath the appearance, and by using the concept of ‘Door’, this ﬁlm attempts to capture the struggle of hardworking Chinese, but more importantly, their spirit that keeps them ﬁghting against all odds.
Wang Yang, was born in Xi’an, China, with BA of law. Since 2007, he has been directed and produced four documentary films. Now he is an indipendent documentary director dedicated in documentary ﬁlmmaking. China Gate (2011) Transition-Space (2007) Sparrow (2006) Wind Breeze Summer (2004)
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