Chinese Lessons

‘Chinese Lessons’ tells the story of three migrant worker children during their final year at a privately run primary school in Guangzhou, China. Over the course of the film the audience gets to know about the personal struggles, frustrations and hopes of the protagonists. At the same time Haryun Kim draws attention to socio-political issues by revealing the shocking reality of China’s growing educational underclass. With China’s economy booming, millions of people have migrated to the cities to find work, bringing their children with them. It is estimated that there are over 20 million children of migrant workers in the cities and under China’s residency laws they find themselves locked out of the national education system.

Producer / Production Details
Haryun Kim / Haryun Kim / China

A co-production with Summer Lotus Films and Al-Jazeera English
Top Awards/Festivals
Broadcast on Al-Jazeera Viewfinder in September 2013
Training Programme
Crossing Borders 2010