The Chinese documentary Heavy Metal shown today
The Northern Light Confusius Institute screens the Chinese documentary Heavy Metal by Jin Huaqing (2010) in hall nr. 132 in the Askja building of the University of Iceland.
For more than twenty years, tons and tons of metallic and electronic waste from Japan, USA, Australia, Europe and other countries was transported to a Chinese town called Fengjiang. Heaps of metal of all kinds began to form disturbing reliefs within the townscape.
Around 50 thousand migrant workers, avoiding the living conditions of the western poor regions of China, formed an army for dismantling these metallic wastes. These „green soldiers“ decompose, cut, split and recycle, with the most rudimentary means, almost 2 million tons of garbage every year. The whole city swings to the rhythm of this relentless work and the noise lessens only in the dark of night.
For an inside view, the director accompanies Zhang Han and Jing Qiuxia‘s family in their daily life, which is a constant struggle. They work hard and bear an incredible precariousness, putting in danger their own health because of the simply unacceptable working conditions. Fragments of metal continue to accumulate and so the film casts a disturbing light on this part of our consumer society.
Everyone is welcome, free of charge!
Length: 52 min.
Háskóli Íslands „Kínverska heimildarmyndin Grænir hermenn sýnd í dag“, Náttúran.is: March 3, 2011 URL: http://natturan.is/d/2011/03/03/kinverska-heimildarmyndin-graenir-hermenn-synd-i-d/ [Skoðað:Aug. 22, 2019]Efni má nota eða vitna í samkvæmt almennum venjum sé heimilda getið með slóð eða fullri tilvitnun hér að ofan.
breytt: March 4, 2011