Merry Christmas, Yiwu

Communist ideals have long lost their value in Yiwu, a city with 600 Christmas factories, in which Christmas as we know it is produced for the entire world.
With rising wages, the workers in Christmas factories can now afford newest iPhones, but they still live in crowded dormitories. All migrants in their own country, nostalgic for some place far away, some miss their families left in hometowns, other miss their friends and lovers from the factories when they go home for holidays.
Young generation is already tired of long factory hours, chemical fumes and glitter particles, and they do not care for their parents‘ wishes to get educated. Stuck in between Chinese tradition and the newly discovered Chinese dream, they want their own businesses, to be rich, to be independent, to be in love.



Country of Production
Sweden / Serbia, Germany, France, Belgium, Qatar

Year of Production


54 / 94 min

Mladen Kovačević

Co-delegate production of Horopter Film Production and Sisyfos Film Production, in co-production with Filmproduktion, Bocalupo Films, Visible Film, DFI, NDR/ARTE, RTBF, RSI, YLE, Current Time TV

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

Rotterdam IFF 2020
Göteborg IFF 2020
Tempo IDF 2020
Hot Docs 2020
Biografilm 2020
Sarajevo IFF 2020 (Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary)
MakeDox 2020
Docs Against Gravity 2020
Filmfest Osnabrück 2020
DocLisboa 2020
Ji.hlava IDF 2020
Escales Doc 2020
Listapad Minsk 2020
RIDM 2020
L'Alternativa Barcelona 2020
Flahertiana IDFF 2020 (FIPRESCI Award & Special Jury Mention)
Zagreb HRFF 2020
Fipadoc Biarritz 2021
CHAI. Chinese FF Leipzig 2021
Freiburger Filmforum 2021
Cinema Parallels 2021
Kino Otok 2021