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The Ditch

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Original title
Jiabiangou (The Ditch)
Running time
112 min.
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Wang Bing (Novel: Xianhui Yang)
Lu Sheng
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Co-production Hong Kong-France-Belgium; Wil Producitons / Les films de l'etranger / Entre Chien et Loup
Drama | Small Town Life (Non-North American). 1950s
Synopsis / Plot
At the end of the 1950s, the Chinese government condemned thousands of citizens – considered “right wing dissidents” due their past activities, criticisms of the Communist Party or simply their backgrounds and families – to forced labour camps. Deported for re-education to the Jiabiangou Camp in Western China, in the heart of the Gobi Desert, some 3,000 poor or middle-class “intellectuals” from Gansu Province were forced to submit to conditions of absolute destitution. As a result of backbreaking physical labour, an unrelentingly extreme climate and terrible food shortages, many perished nightly in the ditches where they slept.
2011: Las Palmas Film Festival: Special Jury Prize, Audience Award, Signis Award
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