AN EMOTIONAL RETURN TO MONGOLIA
Their names are Wang, Chen, Dan, and Zhao. All of them lived through the great Cultural Revolution that devastated China from 1966 to 1976. For them, the Cultural Revolution meant leaving school and living far from their families. These legions of young people forced into hard labour and poverty, who tried to educate themselves on the sly, would later be called the “lost generation”.
Dan Zhang was born in China and has lived in Vancouver since 1989. She was 17 years old when Mao's Cultural Revolution got under way and young people had to abandon school to be re-educated in the countryside. Dan chose Mongolia, where she would live for 10 years and become a “barefoot doctor”. She returned 30 years later. Her friends, the nomads, are now sedentary and their children go to school. They talk about their new way of life on the vast steppes of Inner Mongolia.
Shot in HD
Producer: François Laliberté
Réalisations Cinq Inc.
Length: 48 minColour
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