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Documenting the Global City Project, Beijing 2009 -- Invisible Wall 我的小升初

Collaboration between the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Communication University of China yields films exploring contemporary life in Beijing and the surrounding countryside.

December 19, 2009

USC film student Adan Avalos and Communication University of China student Han Xie went to Picun, a migrant village outside Beijing, to explore the choices available to a family there. The family operates a bathhouse and is successful, but is concerned about their child's educational opportunities.


This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

Please click on the play button above to watch Invisible Wall.

Other films from the program:

"Children of the Sun" by Justin Feldman and Xiao Beidi

"Director" by Liu Guanguang and Zhao Tingting

“Jiang Hu Session” by Thenmozhi Soundararajan and Jane U

“Little Monk” by Lulu Hansen

"Shadow House” by Laura Yilmaz and Yang Yijing

“Turn of the Harvest” by Tani Ikeda and Channa Wulan

“Big Red Heart” by Nahil Sharkasi and Cao Jingping

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