Private Project

When we meet under the same sky

This is the stories of migrant workers, and this is also our stories,this is a kind of interpretation about China Dream. There are 280 million migrant workers in China, the rapid urbanization and the traditional household registration system lead to this vast population underlying people.
There is another group, they are successful in China. Under the director's arrangement, this two different groups are intertwined. Migrant workers contribute to the modernization of China, contribute to the Made in China and contribute to the huge service sector of China. Their contributions blend in with the city, yet they do not fit into the city themselves.

  • Yan Wenyu
  • Gao Jun
  • Wan Jin
  • Robert Thirkell
  • Gao Yang
  • Xu Zhi
  • Ma Jia
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    347,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Chinese, English
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2017 Seventh China Documentary Academy Award
    December 29, 2017
    Shortlish Award
  • The Third International Micro Film Exhibition of China Golden Rooster Baihua Film Festival
    March 28, 2018
    Award For Excellent Work
Director Biography - Yan Wenyu, Gao Jun, Wan Jin

Gao Jun, male, 46 years old, Majored in photography, Gao Jun graduated from the Communication University Of China in 1996. Mr. Gao used to be the director of documentary creation of CCTV(China Central Television), and he is now serving as the director of The Television Arts Working Committee of China Radio and Television association, as well as the external researcher of New Media Institute of Communication University Of China. Mr. Gao is also the founder of JXDF Media.

Representative works:

“Rise of Great Powers”, China's first full length documentary with the history of the world's Great Powers as the subject, which is the most influential documentary since China's reform and opening up.

“The Power of Corporations ”, Asian Production Award, Social Category, the 11th “Gold Panda” Awards-Si Chuan TV Festival.

“The New Grassland Silk Road”, Best Programme Nominee(Documentary), ABU(Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) Silk Road Awards, 2017.

“My City Dream”, Annual Programme Award, the 23th Chinese Documentary Festival, 2017. Recommended by more than 30 Chinese ministries and commissions.

“High-Speed Railway, the Story of Us”, the first prize for Social Category, the 12th China International Documentary Film Selection Conference, 2017.

“Country Teacher”, Best Documentary Award, Best Director Nominee, Best Film Nominee, the 5th China International New Media Short Film Festival, 2014. Best Short Documentary Award, the 4th China Academy Awards of Documentary Film, 2014. Best Photography-Nominee, Anthropology Category, the 12th ”Gold Panda” Awards-Si Chuan TV Festival, 2014.

“Messenger of Water”, Best Work Award for individual creation, China International Philanthropic Film Festival, 2015.

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Director Statement

In 2014, when discussing a reality show with Mr. Robert Thirkell, a well-known director and producer of the BBC, I found that many of his shooting ideas in the field of reality show matched well with my documentary shooting practice, such as deeply focus on the bottom of society, the understanding of a story, the skills of telling a story etc. Thus, there is an idea of introducing reality TV elements into documentary creation. Fortunately, this idea was put into practice shortly thereafter.
We selected several migrant workers as the major charactors of the story, and took an entrepreneur as the perspective to observe them. It took nearly a year to select and edit the story, and completed all the post-production work of the film.
280 million migrant workers constitute the cornerstone of China's economic miracle in the past 40 years. They are one of the biggest group in my country, but they are also the group most easily being neglected. As Zhang Yaqin, president of Baidu, one of China's largest Internet companies, said in the film, "They are like water, like air, like the blood of the city. We can hardly feel their existence, but they are indispensable."
In reality, the living conditions of these migrant workers are just like it in the film. The fate of these migrant workers is very luckily changed by chance, but it is almost impossible in real life. So my stories are more like an imperfect fairy tale. What I want to do is trying to map the social reality through their stories, integrated my thoughts and own understanding into the film.