Indentured in a cramped, crowded, and confined world, Country Boy's life is endless toil. His sweat seeds a dream that his overbearing boss cannot stifle. Country Boy is a young Chinese dishwasher in a sub-terranean kitchen. His daily routine consists of work and sleep, in a room he shares with two other co-workers. One night while watching a travel program on television Country Boy begins to harbor a dream of living in New York City. He asks his Boss for a book on New York in order to quench his interest. The Boss, after much teasing, consents to Country boy's request. After much thought and introspection, including kindly advice from the house nurse and a railing at the hands of his co-workers, Country Boy decides to ask the Boss for permission to go to New York. The Boss responds to Country Boy's request with a violent outburst and sends Country Boy seemingly defeated back to his quarters. But hope still lingers in the one step Country Boy is about to make. Written by
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The film was part of the official selection at the following film festivals: IFP Los Angeles International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, The Louis Vuitton Hamptons International Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, Greenwich Film Festival, Film Fest New Haven, Ashland Independent Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Asiana International Short Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea, Gen-Art's New York Film Festival, Gen-Art "Shorts In The Park" Miami Film Festival, and Gen-Art's Chicago Film Celebration. See more
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