The Road

Kino
Nov 10, 20:00
English Subtitles
Toldi
Nov 11, 20:30
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
Művész
Nov 12, 22:00
English Subtitles & Hungarian Simultaneous Translation
International Panorama
Zhang Zanbo
2015
China
Denmark
95min
Chinese

In 2008, the Chinese government decided to invest 586 billion USD on infrastructure in an effort to stimulate the economy. Filmmaker Zhang Zanbo got unprecedented access to the implementation of the financial plan and for three years he filmed the making of a section of a highway through a quiet village in Hunan, the province where Chairman Mao was born. The film follows local villagers and peasants that are forced to move due to land acquisition. Temples are moved and migrant workers experience 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 has become a common part of the making of the road. Nevertheless, the Xu-Huai Highway was opened with great fanfare in 2013.

Producer: 
Richard Liang
Editor: 
Zhang Zanbo
Steen Johannessen
Jean Tsien
Camera: 
Zhang Zanbo
Sound: 
Zhang Zanbo
Distribution info: 
Galaxion Films Richard Liang www.galaxionfilms.com lp300@yahoo.com