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MERRY CHRISTMAS, YIWU

by Mladen Kovačević

synopsis

Communist ideals have long lost their value in Yiwu, a city with 600 Christmas factories, in which Christmas as we know it is produced for the entire world. With rising wages, the workers in Christmas factories can now afford newest iPhones, but they still live in crowded dormitories. All migrants in their own country, nostalgic for some place far away, some miss their families left in hometowns, other miss their friends and lovers from the factories when they go home for holidays. Young generation is already tired of long factory hours, chemical fumes and glitter particles, and they do not care for their parents' wishes to get educated. Stuck in between Chinese tradition and the newly discovered Chinese dream, they want their own businesses, to be rich, to be independent, to be in love.

international title: Merry Christmas, Yiwu
original title: Merry Christmas, Yiwu
country: Sweden, Serbia, France, Germany, Belgium, Qatar
sales agent: Deckert Distribution
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Mladen Kovačević
film run: 94'
screenplay: Mladen Kovačević
cinematography by: Marko Milovanovic
film editing: Jelena Maksimovic
music: Olof Dreijer
producer: Mario Adamson, Iva Plemic Divjak, Ruth Reid
co-producer: Jasmina Sijercic
production: Horopter Film Production, Sisyfos Film Production, Bocalupo films, ma.ja.de Filmproduktions-GmbH, Visible Film
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