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True Story, episode 7: Merry Christmas, Yiwu

18. 12. 2020

Author: IDF

The last True Story podcast of this year is here just before Christmas and it brings a conversation between Nicole J. Adelman and Mladen Kovačević about the film Merry Christmas, Yiwu, a gorgeous multi-layered narrative of factory and family life in Yiwu, China. How we consume, how we live, and a beautiful exploration of values, culture and questions regarding our global economy are raised in this True Story podcast.  

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Communist ideals have long lost their value in Yiwu, a city with 600 Christmas factories, in which Christmas as we know it is produced for the entire world. With rising factory wages, most workers can now afford newest iPhones, but they still live in crowded factory dormitories, all migrants in their own country. Stuck in between the Chinese traditions and the newly discovered Chinese dream, they want their own businesses, they want to be rich, to be independent, to be in love.

Merry Chrismas, Yiwu has just recently got Special Jury Mention and FIPRESCI Award at Festival Flahertiana. The film was nominated for Silver Eye Award 2020 and got Heart of Sarajevo Award for the best documentary at Sarajevo Film Festival 2020.

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