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Houjie Township 厚街
 
Zhou Hao 周浩, Ji Jiang Hong 吉江虹

The township of Houjie, near Guangzhou, has been transformed from a rural village into an industrialized township following the massive influx of Taiwanese and Hong Kong capital during the 1980’s. This film relates the precarious position of the migrant workers who built Houjie, but who were also the first victims of the post-September 11th economic slowdown, forever at risk of being laid-off.

厚街又名後街,珠江口的一個小鎮,距離省會廣州45公里,香港80公里。20世紀80年代初至今,來自臺灣,香港的資本和中國內地的大量廉價勞動力使它從農業小鎮迅速發展為一個勞動密集型的工業城鎮。工廠裏的工人是進城打工的農民。他們從中國內地最貧困地區來到廣東的厚街鎮。工廠附近的出租屋是農民們進入城市的第一個落腳點,也是他們遠離故鄉後在千里之外建起的另一個家。本片真實紀錄了這些在後街打工農民鮮為人知的生活狀況,它們成為中國城市化進程中不可忽視的重要組成部分。「9.11」後,以製造加工為主的厚街不可避免地受到衝擊,大量工廠倒閉,裁員,一時間,幾乎每個人都面臨失業的危險。故事從厚街鎮三屯村的出租屋開始……

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