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Wuxing People's Commune

Wuxing People's Commune
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by Boyce Richardson, and Tony Ianzelo
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
color, 59 min, 1978

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Recent changes in Chinese economy and society make this film an especially valuable portrayal of life and labor in the countryside in 1978. The 14,500 peasants on Wuxing People's Commune in North China produced enough food in that year to satisfy most of their needs on just 3,000 acres. This film documents the organization of work and its dignity, from 63-year-old Yu Lu Tiao who tends his vegetable field at dawn, to chanting kindergarten youngsters, to the thousands of men, women, and children who mobilize for a great wheat harvest in June.

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