Here’s an idea that turns conventional notion of success on its head.
For the past 10 years, China’s urban centers have been bursting at the seams with young bodies from the countryside, all flocking in to find work.
This has left a gaping hole in rural China, where only the young and the elderly remain.
Artist Ou Ning leads a movement to bring educated young people back to the countryside, where he believes they can make more of an impact.
Filmmakers Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson document his attempt to preserve the cultural aspects of life in the old country. At the same time, he tries to change the villagers concept of failure, which equates to staying behind.
Ou Ning’s movement asks people to look into what it means for a country when an entire generation leaves home at the same time: Is living in the city the only way to success?
This documentary received support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.