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The Final Migration

Kanopy (Firm)
Video; Streaming Video; Online
In this documentary, we follow the twenty-three families strong nomadic Guoshan tribe, a sub-group of Yaos. They follow a thousand year old tradition of selecting a new temporary home every two or three generations, usually distancing themselves from their previous temp-home by several hundreds of miles. Provided now with a substantial piece of land for them to build their own permanent village and farm their own land, the tribe's leader as well as thirty members decide to precede the tribe's move. Although they have a strong sense of community they are used to operating individually for their survival. In this instance, as they learn to become farmers, it has been decided between them to operate under a collective scheme, just as in the early days of China's communist revolution. This documentary is a perfect model, in short form, of what has happened in the whole country during half a century: Chinese farmers are thrown into collectivism until, with the economic reforms of the 1980's, they return to individual forms of labor. The stage is set for the deepest social and economic transformations as we have witnessed in China's recent years.
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In: English
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[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Film Ideas in 2012.
Publisher no.
1142968 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 51 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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