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Zhongshan, Guangdong Province.Many young off-farm workers are busy working for orders of next year. They work day after night, repeating monotonous tasks just like machines, they have to finish their tasks at the highest speed, since maximum output per unit time means that they will earn as much money as possible; but in fact, even that is rather slim. While they make numerous numbers of umbrellas in various colors and styles, they have no idea how much an umbrella earns for others.  
Yiwu, Zhejiang Province.Advantaged geographic location gives this city an opportunity to become the foreland connecting ?orld Factory??and ?orld Market?? Local farmers嚗?lands were expropriated for enhancing economic development. A few lucky local inhabitants were compensated considerably for their land loss. Some of them are engaging in umbrella wholesale business in the newly constructed gigantic building, the so-called World嚗 Largest Small Commodity Market. Now they are nouveaux riches, and their lifestyle has almost changed completely, there seems no longer any relationship between the term ?armers??and their current status.  
Shanghai.The higher education has been industrialized during the Education Reform. More and more high school graduates may go to college while more farmer families seem to trap themselves in financial squeeze in order to support the expensive tuition fees of their children. Furthermore, these young college graduates have to face ruthless reality of hunting for a job in a ferocious competitive market. No job found in the city means going back to the countryside, then all their previous efforts wasted.  
PLA garrison in a Province.Many young farmers joined army, so their families no longer have to support them financially; on the contrary, they will receive soldier allowances. Comparing with young men from cities, these rural kids can stand for tough drills better. Becoming a solider is merely one of the options for a farmer to move to a different status, their ultimate goal is to change their own destiny.  
One village in Luoyang, Henan Province.All young farmers have left for working in other cities; only children, women and elder people are still living here. A serious drought happened in the harvest time of wheat, early wheat in the land have little vitality. The tireless rumble of reaping machine is reminding these poor farmers not to forget to prepare money for renting the machine. Young people returning from cities for temporary harvest assistance have left hastily again. Only an elder is talking solitarily to the camera.  
Farming has been the key means of subsistence for the Chinese since history.Nowadays, those farmers used to engage in farming have moved to the unfamiliar frontier of their life, across the whole country, covering over the basis of flourishing economic activities just like an open umbrella provides shelter for this large piece of land.  

Award  
  • Honourable Mention, the 30th Cinema du reel International Documentary Film Festival, 2008
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    Film Festivals  
  • The 64th Venice International Film Festival, Orizzonti Section, 2007
  • The 4th Hong Kong Asian Film festival, Non Competition, 2007
  • The 5th Doclisboa, International Competition, 2007
  • The 5th Copenhagen International Film Festival, International Competition, 2007
  • The 20th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Non Competition, 2007
  • The 51st San Francisco International Film Festival, International Competition, 2008
  • The 1st New Asia Film Festival (Vancouver), 2008
  • Rodos International Film and Visual Arts festival, Feature Film Competition, 2008
  • The 15th Valdivia International Film Festival, Main Competition of documentary films, 2008
  • Asian film festival of Rome, 2008
  • Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2008
  • The 3rd International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico city, Best International Documentary Film, 2008
  • Cinemambiente - International Environmental Film Festival, 2008
  • The 9th annual Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival, 2008
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