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szdaily -> Culture
Documentary sheds light on individuals’stories
    2018-January-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

OVER the past 30 years, Shenzhen has become the largest immigrant city in modern history with a population of 14 million residents. Fourteen million people have 14 million stories of their immigration.

To record individuals’ immigration stories, current lives in Shenzhen and to explore the sense of community among Shenzheners, director Xu Hao came up with the idea of shooting a documentary featuring 21 individuals from different age groups, industries and nationalities.

Called “City and People,” the documentary is produced by Television Artists Association of Futian District and supported by Futian’s Special Funds for Developing Culture and Sports Industries, and focuses on new-generation immigrants who live and work in Shenzhen.

Based on the different backgrounds of the 21 people, the documentary is divided into seven chapters, namely, “Homesickness,” “Endeavoring Spirit,” “Newcomers,” “My Second Hometown,” “Making a Living in Shenzhen,” “Reasons for Not Leaving Shenzhen” and “Second Immigrant Generation.” Each one of the chapters is composed of three episodes that explore the daily life and inner lives of three ordinary people.

The 21 people, born from the 1960s to 1990s, work in industries ranging from high-end manufacturing to modern service industry, finance to jewelry and aviation to logistics, including global innovative enterprise DJI, rising cultural enterprise Xiaobai Capital and leading supply chain enterprise Loadstar.

As for their professions, some of the interviewees are founders of unicorn companies, some are among the first generation of insurance and marketing master hands in the Chinese mainland and still others are painters and artists. Among the expats featured in the documentary is one maker from the U.K. who came to Shenzhen one year ago, one American anthropologist who has been in Shenzhen for over 20 years and one Brazilian flight captain who has been working for Shenzhen Airlines for nine years. There are also excellent representatives from various sectors, including ambassadors of volunteer organizations, initiators of nationally well-known charity projects, directors of commercial trade and project managers in the youth apartment industry.

During the premiere of the documentary Dec. 2 at Shenzhen Book City in Futian District, the director said “‘People’ stands for the spirit of a city, therefore, reading cities is reading the people living in the city.” He hoped that through the scenes and conversations in the documentary, the audience will learn that “Once You Come, You Are a Resident of Shenzhen” is not just a slogan, but proves that Shenzhen is a city of openness, inclusiveness and vitality.

(Yang Mei)

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