Golden Horse Awards | Nominated for Best Documentary
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Göteborg Film Festival
OneWorld - Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
"Reveals through simple, sustained portraiture the desperate living situation endured by some of China’s most impoverished citizens. - Kino Scope
This captivating and ultimately sobering documentary explores China's austere model of urbanization through the human drama of its most vulnerable citizens. With a bare yet nuanced sensibility, it follows the archetypical plight of a migrant peddler, struggling to keep his traditional livelihood against a new backdrop of harsh bureaucracy and discrimination.
In the mammoth construction site that is 24th Street in Hangzhou, street peddler Su and his girlfriend Qin open up a ramshackle restaurant. But without the necessary permits, the authorities send them and the other illegal dwellers away. Unfazed, they find another location for their restaurant, only to be sent away again. Unable to relocate anywhere in the city, Su decides to return to his native home, where he left his wife and four children 30 years ago. It soon becomes evident that modern China no longer treats citizens like Su with kindness. After his unremarkable return home, Su's prospects seem just as dire as he finds himself hardly welcomed by his family and well-rooted locals.
Filmmaker Zhiqi Pan maintains a stark, observational tone when following Su and Qin’s on their routes, yet is able to extract an emotional reality that cannot be ignored. With its colorful, at times unscrupulous protagonist,24th Streetoffers an essential chapter to the story of modernizing China and those on the fringe who can’t keep up.
88 Minutes | Chinese with English subtitles.
Directed by: Zhiqi Pan
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