This is a village where Buddhist beliefs prevail, and its name is Yanshou. In 2020, the government told the residents of the entire village to move out in order to turn the area into the largest park in the province. And the government promised residents that they would get new homes after three years, but they are still waiting. My grandmother Chunjin is one of these residents, and she does not live in the temporary housing arranged by the government like most elderly people. She chose to live with her youngest son's family. This documentary will tell the story of what happened to this village and this group of people from Chunjin's perspective.

  • Binzhi Zhang
  • Binzhi Zhang
  • Binzhi Zhang
  • Chunjin Lin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 9, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 CNY
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    Yes - University College London
Director Biography - Binzhi Zhang

Binzhi.zhang is a filmmaking student at UCL, MA Ethnographic and Documentary Film (Practical). Binzhi.zhang as a young filmmaker, has a strong willingness to tell unique Chinese stories.

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Director Statement

In China, de-rural is an irresistible trend. As local governments strive to turn their jurisdictions into cities, rural residents will face the prospect of losing their homes for generations. On the one hand, living in the city can enjoy the welfare created for residents by the more modern life and residents will also get a certain degree of economic compensation, and even complete the class crossing at one stroke. But on the other hand, these residents have lost the place where they have lived for generations and need to move to a completely new place. They don't know anyone there, and they need time to adjust to the new life. This is an observational documentary, I hope to further observe the adaptation of the rural elderly to the new life after relocation and their nostalgia for the old life through the perspective of my grandmother.