|Once Upon A Time Proletarian|
China is undergoing the fastest economic growth and social transformation known in human history. In urban centers, a booming economy, an unfolding physical landscape and shifting demographics have created new and evolving realities. This documentary film series, focusing on urban life, explores how millions navigate this changing China and the cost behind China’s dream of becoming an economic power. While some Chinese mourn the loss of the past, others try to find ways to survive and ride the wave. Opportunities are abundant for the lucky ones. And yet there are ample stories of struggle and heartbreak.
The nine documentaries in the series were made between 2005 and 2011, eight of them by Chinese filmmakers. The series sheds light on an unparalleled spectrum of experiences across social and economic classes. It also takes critical looks at the repercussions of China’s unstoppable development. These are stories of success, disillusionment, and caution.
For complete information about the films and schedule, click here.
Tickets: $7 members; $9 students/seniors; $11 nonmembers
Series discount (in-person only): Buy 4-7 tickets for 4-7 "unique" programs in one transaction to get $1.00 off each ticket.
This series is supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations. Additional support is provided by the Center on U.S.-China Relations and New York State Council on the Arts.