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Factory Youth

Guo Xizhi

Release year: 2016

Run time: 196 mins

Film type: Documentary


Shenzhen, yet another economic miracle of contemporary global China. What do the towering skyscrapers, the glossy malls and the endless apartments mean, however, to those scraping to survive in this new Industrial Revolution? Starting from visions of the factory floor as their bleak life space, Guo Xizhi follows youths through the city, where they seek tawdry escape, and the damaged countryside they are now alienated from, probing the depths of change and loss that mark a generation.


Director biography

Guo Xizhi, born in 1965, in Tongling, Anhui Province, graduated from the Chinese Department of East China Normal University in 1990 with a Masters degree in literature and art. He has published several articles in journals such as Reading. He has worked in a TV station and now teaches at Shenzhen University. His works have been screened often in international and domestic film festivals, and won some awards, as have the student films he directed.