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UK Premiere: Merry Christmas, Yiwu (U) + ScreenTalk

Architecture on Film

Merry Christmas Yiwu

With 600 dedicated festive factories, Yiwu, China, fabricates Christmas for the world. Following several workers, a delicate, human film looks beyond the tinsel and glitter, into the ‘Chinese Dream’.

With beautiful images and cinematographic flair, the film weaves its non-fiction content into the form and feel of naturalistic fiction, intimately following its protagonists as they pursue their labour, lives and aspirations, at the factory, at leisure and at home.

As baubles are bagged and reindeer stuffed, the film intimately observes the dance of the global and the local, capitalism and Communism, tradition and modernity in today’s China. A portrait of transforming socio-economic realities, with the city of Yiwu offering a subject, symbol and setting, within which individual lives unfold.

Curated by the Architecture Foundation.

2020, Sweden, Serbia, France, Germany, Belgium, Qatar, dir Mladen Kovačević, 94 mins

This screening has been locally classified.

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