This film tells a story about an unschooled 11-year-old girl Yi-Jie, she's a truly global child who learns the world through the United Nations of Wastes while working with her YI minority parents in this recycle workshop thousand miles away from their mountain village home town. Going to school is all she longing for. And the ambitious boss of the workshop Kun, who works so hard for trying to give his family a better life. Through the story of these two families, the film explores how these wastes recycled by the bare hands of families, and discovers their dilemma and choices of suffering irreversible damages on life just to make a living. It also observes that the world is flat and issues don't go away by changing time and location - we're all in this together.
This documentary did a really great job at making contrasts between modernity and agricultural life. A dreamlike product in the developed countries becomes wasted and is shipped to a former small agricultural village in China. People there wanted to thrive someday by decomposing the wastes. The packages and publications from the waste make them dream. Kids made themselves capes , computers and auto shows, and the "boss" wanted to buy a dream car in the future. The poison we considered in the cities becomes their bed for sweet dream.
It is beyond my imagination and keeps me rethink the recycling industry because it can transfer the damage to other countries to recycle and claim that the product is environmentally friendly without seeing the actual recycle process. But at the same time it is also an industry depend on wastes and it is on which people live. This documentary really raised a dilemma: How could we make the protagonists' life better? Should we cut down this kind of industry? However as the Kun said:" I don't have other skills. I do it for living." then, should we produce more wastes?
Do they have to live like this?
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