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Village Middle School

Tammy Cheung

Release year: 2006

Run time: 90mins

Film type: Documentary


The film takes place in a middle school in a rural area of Yunnan Province. It follows the daily life of the students and the teachers of the under-funded school. It tries to explore the present condition of China’s education system in rural areas, which is facing a multitude of problems it has never encountered before.


Director biography

Tammy Cheung is a documentary filmmaker who was born in China, grew up in Hong Kong and is based in the UK since 2022. After years of working as a film festival organizer in Canada, Cheung made her directorial debut in 1999 in Hong Kong. Using the "Direct Cinema" approach, her works mainly deal with current social and political issues. Her previous films include Invisible Women, Secondary School, Rice Distribution, Moving, July, Speaking Up, Village Middle School and Election. Red Kalyna is Cheung’s first production after moving to the UK. It depicts the plight of Ukrainian refugees after the Russian Invasion. Presently, she is working on the second documentary about the war in Ukraine.