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小辉的一天 A Day with Xiaohui

On 18th of November in 2017, a big fire in Beijing forced the migrant workers who were called as 'low-end labour' by the government to make a choice between stay or leave.

The camera accompanied Xiaohui, a 24 years old noodle-maker from Hebei province, to record one of his repeated working days one week after that fire.

The film tried to show how a destructive public incident would affect a marginalized ‘ nobody’ in Beijing, which might hopefully be a way to decrease discrimination.

  • Manman Yang
  • Manman Yang
  • 任宝辉
    Key Cast
  • Manman Yang
  • Manman Yang
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    25 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2018
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    1,000 USD
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  • Society for Visual Anthropology Film& Media Festival
    November 20, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Manman Yang

Manman Yang, born and raised up in the southern China. She got her M.A. of Drama and Film Study from Beijing Film Academy in 2015, and then started working as a documentary filmmaker and curator. Driven by cultural shocks from her living experience in the Europe, she started to use documentary filmmaking as a way to reflect the reality and affect the world. She was the content researcher and film developer for British Science Museum in its one year tour exhibition SUPERBUGS in China. She made the documentary for British Embassy in Beijing on 2019 Newton prize of the UK-China scientific innovation partnership. Her short documentary A DAY WITH XIAOHUI became the official selection of 2019 Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (SVAFMF) and was screened in Vancouver. In 2019, she set up Believing is Seeing Studio in Guangzhou, focused on documentary production and visual anthropology. Now she is making her first feature length documentary on the LGBT community in China, SOME BODY TO LOVE, which won Jury Award in SVAFMF pitch session.


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Director Statement

This film is dedicated
—to have a calm and objective observation on a victim/ survivor of the Daxing Fire, based on the reality, without sensationalism or excessive criticism;
— to see how a destructive public event would effect a marginalized ‘Nobody’ in Beijing;
— to show the pressure caused by the lack of security and basic welfare support for a human;
— to raise public attention to the young migrant workers (or so called low-end labors), whose importance to the Chinese society’s modern construction had been under-valued and whose living circumstances had been ignored for a long time;
— to give an access for audience to truly understand the protagonist’s dilemma, and to arise the empathy by the art of visual storytelling, which might be the key to decrease discrimination.