Miles Apart

Miles Apart is an observational documentary, intimately looking at the clash of different generations and cultures in a rapidly changing China. Twelve years ago, Laomao and his wife Meizi left their two children in the countryside to build a business…

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Miles Apart is an observational documentary, intimately looking at the clash
of different generations and cultures in a rapidly changing China.

Twelve years ago, Laomao and his wife Meizi left their two children in the countryside
to build a business 600 miles away. When they are joined by their daughter Ying Ying,
it becomes immediately obvious that she doesn’t share her parents’ work ethic.
Meizi’s frustration is raw as she pushes her daughter towards employment and
at the same time, her son Lei Lei won’t apply himself to his studies.

The separation of Chinese families by migration is a story shared by a quarter of rural parents,
most of whom can relate to the frustrations of working hard for seemingly ungrateful children.

associate producer: Liu Fan, editor: Adam Thomas,
composer: Lennert Busch, sound design: Jay Price, sound recordist: Kyle Pickford,
production manager: Elisabeth Schusser

language: Chinese mandarin, Anhui dialect with English subtitles.

Awards: One World Media Awards 2011, Student Category
“Miles Apart is made with maturity and confidence and stood out above the other entries because it feels like a film, rather than a documentary. The lack of commentary and style of shooting permits us to peer into the family life of three generations affected by the difficulties of rural migration.”
One World Media Jury
clip of awards show

Peter Wintonick, filmmaker, DOCMEDIA etc
“…a beautiful and unusual kind social study… essentially a verite film with subtle overlayers of the disruptive forces of internal transmigration, angry youth, and urbanism all taking place in the villages and cities of the world’s hottest growing economies but not ABOUT any of those things in any obvious way…”

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