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Women Workers

Wen Hai

Release year: 2018

Run time: 61 min

Film type: Documentary


Globalisation brought rural women from villages to the factory floor. There, women workers helped create China’s “economic miracle”. These women were taken for granted and considered submissive. Now, with industrial upgrading and automation, workers have been shown the door. But these women surprised everyone by standing up. This is a story of Chinese women workers and their struggle.


Director biography

Wen Hai studied at the Beijing Film Academy and has since 2001 been active as an independent film director. Among his best known films are Floating Dust (2004), which won the Prix Georges Beauregard at the 16th Festival International du Documentaire in Marseille in 2005; Dream Walking (2006), awarded the Grand Prize at the 2006 Cinéma du Réel; and the film We, which won the Horizons Special Mention award at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. Wen Hai also worked as a camera man on WangBing's film Three Sisters (2012). His 2016 book The Gaze of Exile: Witnessing Chinese Independent Documentary Films (放逐的凝视——见证中国独立纪录片)is published in Taipei by Tendency.