This documentary delves into the change in the ambition of ordinary Chinese citizens, who once dreamt of a watch, a bicycle and a radio, but today keep striving for more wealth and often compromise on their health, values, family and tradition.
Filmed over an 11-year period, this thought-provoking documentary explores the change in the psyche of the people of China before and after the missing years – the years of the Cultural Revolution. This period is rarely talked about and is expurgated from the history taught in schools, and yet those years have left a traumatic imprint on every Chinese family.
Through the life of Zhang Lei, a young woman from an ancient village in southwest China, who follows her search for an understanding of the past and the present life around her, the film presents revealing glimpses into their lives as Red Guards or Rebels during the Cultural Revolution.
Many years ago, for her grandparents, Chinese people had three dreams: a watch, a wireless and a bicycle. But now, confused by silences and half-truths, China’s young people, like Lei, have new dreams to guide them: to make China rich and powerful, to find a better material life for themselves, and to find a meaningful existence.
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