A Call From Home

I have always wanted to depict human interactions within the society through the camera, to add meaning in the frame line. On one occasion as I was taking photos on the street, a worker attracted my attention. His sunburnt arms…

A Call From Home

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I have always wanted to depict human interactions within the society through the camera, to add meaning in the frame line.

On one occasion as I was taking photos on the street, a worker attracted my attention. His sunburnt arms and skinning body made huge contrast to those surrounding white collar in decent suit and tie. He seemed to be melted down like a kindle by the summer heat. I packed up my camera and started to chat with him. His name was Lao Zhang, a migrant worker who earned his living in this mega city in order to support his parents and children in hometown. A lot of times, Shenzhen’s fast pace and high consumption level caused his insecurity. Yet all he cared about was his family back home.

I never noticed how much weight as well as separation migrant workers like Lao Zhang are carrying. Shenzhen has developed dramatically over the past 40 years. The successful data is supported by the large amount of workforce, who enter the city and aim for a better life. They represent a no-name symbol of this era, but they deserve to be respected and memorized. So I decided to make a film about them.

As I wrote the story, I obtained a deeper understanding of the father and son relationship, and learned that emotion was more important than the story itself. Story became the carrier of emotion. So the ultimate goal of this work is to introduce the story to the audience; invite them feel the emotion, which is beyond the story by themselves and present the situation of migrant workers/father in this insecure society.

Please enjoy it.

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