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.

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Details

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

Year of Production
2020

Format
HD

Length
55 / 94 min

Director
Mladen Kovačević

Production
Co-delegate production of Horopter Film Production & Sisyfos Film Production, in co-production with Ma.ja.de Filmproduktion, NDR/Arte, Bocalupo Films, RTBF and Visible Film

Original Language
Mandarin

Subtitles
English

Festivals / Awards

Rotterdam IFF 2020
Göteborg IFF 2020
Tempo IDF 2020
Hot Docs 2020