Directed by He Chuyao
In this painfully truthful short, director Chuyao He captures the plight of working class Asians from the countryside left behind by an ever-advancing society. He shows the struggle of a father and son as they adapt and work under merciless conditions at a Christmas decoration workshop located in the big city.
He Chuyao, a student filmmaker at City College of New York, is presents “Before Christmas” that shows the problems on social development in the Chinese commercial economy.
Director’s statement: “After seeing the photos about the harsh working condition in Chinese Christmas factories by a Chinese photographer Chen Ronghui, I decided to do a film about how the Chinese lower class labor struggle and survive in the society.”
113 minsThis set of shorts represents the most grueling and harsh work Asians have to face and endure just to get by. Looked upon as expendable and replaceable, Asians are often stereotyped as cheap dry cleaners, street peddlers, and hole in the wall store owners. But the stories and lives these films showcase highlight the tenacity, hard-working mentality, and perseverance Asians show both in and out of the workplace.