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The Chinese city of Huzhou is home to eighteen thousand clothing factories employing some three hundred thousand laborers. Many are poor migrants from the countryside, who live in cramped dormitories while working twelve-hour days assembling garments. This unobtrusive, empathetic documentary follows a handful of these workers through their daily routines, capturing their camaraderie and the precariousness of their lives.
Describing Wang as “one of the most exciting nonfiction filmmakers working today,” the Chicago Reader’s Ben Sachs called Bitter Money “engrossing, compelling; a masterful work. One comes away from the film with a deeper understanding of how China’s working poor live.” (Dir.: Wang Bing, France/Hong Kong, 2016, 152 min., DCP, Mandarin with English subtitles)
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