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Juvenile Laborers Confined in Dabao

Xie Yihui

Release year: 2014

Run time: 106 mins

Film type: Documentary


In 1958, Zeng Boyan, a young man working as a reporter for the Sichuan Daily, was classified as a rightist and sent to the farm in Ebin County, Leshan City, Sichuan Province, for re-education through labour. Here he was astonished to see hundreds of teenage boys out in the primeval forest opposite, doing the same heavy physical labour as he did. Soon these children, along with others from all over Sichuan, were sent to the Dabao area, a branch of the farm, where they began a life of half-work and half-education. Unexpectedly, a great famine swept across China and the children were subjected to a brutal onslaught. The film chronicles the amazing efforts of Zeng Boyan, a grey-haired old man who travelled between Chongqing and Sichuan to find survivors of the Dabao work camp in order to shed light on the painful history.


Director biography

Yihui Xie, real name Linrong Xie, was born in 1967 in Chengdu, Sichuan. In 2009, she worked with Tan Zuoren on a survey of students who died in the earthquake and video interviewed their parents. 2012, she completed the documentary "The Hunger Report of Rightist Li Shengzhao". In 2013, she completed the documentary film "Juvenile Laborers Confined in Dabao". Most of the subjects she has filmed are related to contemporary Chinese history, especially Sichuan contemporary history. Currently, there are other documentaries on historical topics in the editing process.