Documentary 'Cotton' records workers' hardships

By Zhang Rui
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At a special screening on Saturday in Beijing, the director of the award-winning independent documentary film "Cotton" said he is trying to help society advance step by step by recording the true stories in the film.

Director Zhou Hao (center) attends a special screening of his documentary film "Cotton" in Beijing on April 18, 2015. [Photo/]


The film, funded by the charitable nongovernmental organization Oxfam since 2007, is about the true stories of "made in China." Zhou's film follows the lives of the people who worked in the industrial chains behind the manufacture of one simple set of clothes.

Many of the people in the film are still living a hard working-class life with little respect from society. In this feature, Zhou specially profiles a farmer, a cotton picker and workers in cotton factories, all of whom represent the unseen labor behind China's cotton industry.

"I have been a reporter for more than a decade, and I have been doing documentary films for more than a decade," said Zhou. "I realize I cannot change the fate of the people in my camera in this film immediately," he added. "I cannot be a reformer, but I can be a recorder. I can present the true status and condition of the current society, and I think I can step by step, little by little, help Chinese society advance and improve. "

"Cotton" won the Best Documentary prize at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan in 2014. Other special screenings of the film are scheduled during the ongoing Beijing International Film Festival from April 16 to 23.

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