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Date Time Venue
17/10 (Wed) 2:30 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
21/10 (Sun) 1:50 pm MOViE MOViE Cityplaza*

*Q&A session with director

Wang Yang
China / 2017 / 95 min
In Putonghua with Chi & Eng Sub

Eastern Xi'an's "Textile City" is a remnant of the planned economy from the 1950s when everyone was proud to work at a textile factory. As the factories shut down, the workers aged and the staff quarters got demolished, all this points to the end of an era.

Director's Profile
Wang Yang is a veteran documentary director and film critic. He was awarded Best Director at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival. His works include Transition-Space, China Gate and Weaving.

Background Information

State-owned enterprises refer to businesses which the government owns all property and retains full control. Most companies in communist countries are state-owned. All enterprises in China became state-owned since 1949 and almost all workers in China work in these state-owned enterprises.

After the Chinese economic reform in 1978, private companies were slowly allowed to enter the market. State-owned enterprises also underwent business transformation to focus on increasing revenue. In the late 80s, the Chinese economy became further marketised, many products manufactured by state-owned enterprises fell out of favour with consumers. Furthermore, excessive numbers of redundant staff and interlocking debts between state-owned enterprises have put a lot of these companies heavily in debt, which led to halted production or companies closing down.

The Chinese government began another round of state-owned enterprise reform in 1993, which included policies such as “layoff for efficiency” in order to solve staffing redundancy and low efficiency. According to official statistics, there were around 30 million state-owned enterprise workers laid off from 1993 to 2003. Although these workers are still employed, they do not receive salary, thus are technically unemployed. Laid off workers were treated differently from place to place, the Shanghai government spends 1 billion RMB every year to compensate these workers, yet there are also some provinces and companies which owe them compensation, causing the workers to live difficult lives. Some of them were even forced to leave their workers’ quarters.


Screenings at the Hong Kong Space Museum will be available at URBTIX from 7 September.
Ticket Price: $70 / $50*
*Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

Screenings at MOViE MOViE Cityplaza will be available at Box Office of MOViE MOViE Cityplaza from 7 September.
Ticket Price: $85 / $60* / $40**
*Senior citizens aged 60 or above
**Full-time students, children aged 11 or below

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