Documentary series on stories of Chinese farmers

By Zhang Rui
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The big production documentary TV series on stories of Chinese farmers was shown in China during the National Day holiday.

A premiere of "Land: Our Story" is held in rural Beijing, Sept. 26, 2021. [Photo courtesy of China Media Group]

"Land: Our Story" portrays the history and transformations of rural China through vivid storytelling by more than 100 farmers who had storied experiences and struggles over the past century, detailing their complicated love, intertwining, and connections to their local lands. The first season of the series was divided into seven episodes, with each part focusing on typical rural families and local characteristics in the provinces and regions of Hebei, Zhejiang, Xinjiang, Tibet, Guizhou, Jiangxi, and Anhui. 

The documentary series touches on subjects ranging from building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, the concept that "clear waters and green mountains are as valuable as mountains of gold and silver," and rural vitalization. All of these stories form an ode to the Communist Party of China (CPC) and showing how they led the great changes and brought prosperity to the countryside over the past 100 years.

China Media Group said the series is a biography of Chinese farmers as well as a memoir of China's older generations, adding that no one has ever before made such a documentary on the individual perspectives of farmers. During the holiday, online discussion about the documentary series attracted nearly 150 million views on China's social media site Weibo. At a premiere of "Land: Our Story" held in rural Beijing on Sept. 26, the audience expressed positive feedback after the viewing. Many said it was like listening to stories told by their grandparents.

A poster for the documentary series "Land: Our Story." [Image courtesy of China Media Group]

Zhu Yun, the director of the series, said the documentary relates to nearly everyone in China because most Chinese people have ancestors who started out in rural areas. "We need to look back to our own history to find the answers to why we are here now and how prosperity was born from hardships, dust, and earth," Zhu said. "We have to act fast to record something that our older generations wanted to pass on."

"The stories the farmers shared with us were beyond imaginable for many of us on the creative team, who were mostly born in the 1980s and 1990s, and we were often in tears during filming," the director noted, adding, "These are stories that belong to and are shared by all of us."

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