This meditation on life in a rapidly developing new China focuses on the daily transformation of Beijing's urban landscape as one of the world's largest cities prepares for the 2008 Olympics. Workers recruited from villages into Beijing's construction industry tell their stories of a culture in flux. Baring their souls to the female director, these men candidly reveal their feelings about separation from loved ones, financial desperation and hopes for the future as well as their vision of China in the 21st century.

In English and Chinese with English subtitles. Directed by Xiaolu Gue.


  • Jennifer L. Turner

    Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative
  • Paul Eckert

    Former Asia Correspondent, Thomson Reuters