Plastic China

International Panorama, Student Verzio
Jiu-Liang Wang
China
2016
82min
Mandarin

Dreaming of attending school, 11-year-old Yi-Jie works alongside her family in a recycling facility in China. She learns about the outside world through the trash it produces: small packages of powder allow her to taste coffee; she learns English from discarded greeting cards; and broken Barbie dolls become her best friends. Her father drinks away her tuition fees. The owner of the plant works night and day to buy a fancy car, ignoring his and his family's physical and mental health problems. He looks down on Yi-Jie’s family, but depends on them to do the dirty work. Will Yi-Jie break out of the cycle of poverty or succeed her parents as an illiterate laborer? A poignant story of social inequality which reminds us that our own actions can have a direct impact on people living thousands of kilometers away.

Projections: 
11.15. Wednesday 21:30
Művész
English & Hungarian Subtitles
11.17. Friday 21:30
Toldi
English & Hungarian Subtitles
11.19. Sunday 18:00
Kino
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Producer: 
Ruby Chen
Editor: 
Jean Tsien
Bob Lee
Camera: 
Jiu-liang Wang
Gang-bing Li
Music: 
Tyler Strickland
Distribution info: 
CNEX Foundation Limited, Cho Liu
Awards: 
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival - Special Jury Award (2016)
DocAviv Film Festival - Best International Film (2016)
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Environmental Award (2017)