I have just watched the Chinese film Dijiu tianchang (So Long my Son) on BBC iPlayer. It stands out as a remarkable Chinese film. It has lots to say about the pernicious effects of the one-child policy in China. Especially interesting from the point of view of Anti*Capitalist Resistance supporters are the brilliantly presented scenes picturing the reaction of working-class Chinese to the dismantling of large parts of the state-owned sector of the economy in the 1980s, marking in the eyes of many the transition from deformed workers’ state to a form of capitalism, or from state capitalism to full-blown normative capitalism. Above all, the film is imbued with a deep humanism and an optimistic belief in the resilience of the human spirit under a cruel and exploitative political regime.
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