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Special Film Showing
Iron Moon: The Poetry of Chinese Migrant Workers

(84 min. Chinese with English sub)


This award winning documentary on Chinese migrant workers depict their harsh living conditions who produce and provide materials to the world. These workers’ poems combines with the scene of their daily lives make this film so powerful, yet so beautiful.
Five Chinese including the film producer from China will be attending.
The film will be followed by a discussion with the directors and reading by poet Chen Nianxi (???), who is a demolitions worker and poet for 16 years.

SF Special Premier Screening:
Iron Moon: The Poetry of Chinese Migrant Workers (84 min. Chinese with English sub)
A documentary film directed by Xiaoyu Qin and Feiyue Wu
TIME: Saturday November 19, 2016 7:00 PM
PLACE: ILWU Local 34
801 2nd St. San Francisco (next to AT&T Ball Park)
Parking is available, wheelchair accessible
Donation requested but no one will be turn away for lack of fund

About the documentary film:
An assembly line worker in an Apple factory who commits suicide at the young age of 24, leaving behind 200 poems of despair—“I swallowed an iron moon…..”; a guileless lathe operator who is rebuffed at every turn, living in the world of his poetry; a female clothing factory worker who lives in poverty but writes poetry rich in dignity and love; a coalminer who works deep in the earth year round, trying to contact and make peace with the spirits of his dead coworkers through his poetry; and a goldmine demolitions worker who blasts rocks several kilometers into mountainsides to support his family, while writing poetry to carry the weight of his fury and affections—“My body carries three tons of dynamite….” They could be any of the 350 million workers in China, and yet these five are also poets. Using poetry as a tool to chip away at the ice of silence, they express the hidden life stories and experiences of people living at the bottom of the society. This is one story behind the sudden rise of China, and a mournful song of global capitalism.

Iron Moon: The Poetry of Chinese Migrant Workers

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