China: A Million Steps Ahead
2005 | TVE
In the past decade, more than 100 million people have moved from China’s vast hinterlands to work in the nation’s booming, industrialized eastern and southern cities. They come seeking a better life for themselves and for the families they leave behind in the countryside. They are the motor driving China’s economic “miracle.” China: A Million Steps Ahead chronicles the phenomenal migration, personalizing it through the story of a young woman from Central Mongolia named Bai. The TVE team members—including producers Carlos Jeronimo and Susana Jimenez, writer Vicenc Sanclemente, and director Juan-Antonio Sacaluga—document the enormous challenges Bai and the millions of other migrant workers face as they travel into an unknown future. While China itself grapples with contradictions implicit in a communist state’s embrace of dynamic economic development, workers by the tens of millions capitalize on opportunities afforded by that relentless economic growth. For illuminating and individualizing a little known aspect of the world’s most populous nation, a Peabody Award goes to China: A Million Steps Ahead.
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