Chinese, 2006/01
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Stone Mountain 石山
 
Du Haibin 杜海濱

The story provides an insight into the life of four miners in the suburbs of Beijing. Hailing from a remote village in the northeast of China, Old Cao, Little Cao, Yu and Zhang make a living by mining granite. Life is dull and hard: work from dawn to dusk. Every day they mine stones in the mountain, digging, chiseling and carrying. Their daily work seems simple but full of danger. After work, they play mahjong, chat or crack some jokes for fun.
At the end of the year before they were leaving for their hometown, Little Cao and his new bride went to the Tian'anmen Square paying a visit to Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. The others finished work later and sent money home. The Spring Festival is coming, while it's hard to tell whether they are happy of not. They seem to have become inuredto the hardness of life.
After the Spring Festival, they returned to work. Soon they are informed that the hill has been purchased by real estate developers and will be turned into a holiday resort. They are on the verge of getting laid-off. Finally an agreement is reached between their boss and the developers, which says they are permitted to work here until next year. <br><br>
With a good wish for a better life, they pray to the God of the Mountain, for good fortune and a smooth life. While over half a year has passed, their income is even less than it was the previous year. Meanwhile, Old Yu's wife, who just arrived here, cooking for them, is suffering from the tumor of uterus. They have to pay a lot for the operation. What should their future be?

在北京遠郊的一處石山上,有一群來自東北的農民工,常年在這裏從事開採石頭的工作。老曹小曹老餘老張便是其中的一支。
冬天來了,他們將這一年最後一塊石頭從山上開採出來,再用錘子鏨子把之分成小塊滾下山去。小曹的媳婦----這座山上唯一的女性,也是他們的廚師將先行回家,二人乘坐車的空閒遊玩了天安門廣場,他們看到了自己作品――廣場上的石頭地板。
新的一年他們再次來到山上,開山鑿石。春天來了,冰雪融化,一塊巨大的石頭也被從山上開採出來,然而石頭的品質不好,化為烏有。
專門來為大家做飯的老余的妻子不幸檢查出子宮肌瘤,住院治療。昂貴的手術費花去了老餘去年一年的收入,希望又回到零點。

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