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Chinese film on 1960 labour camps cheered in Venice

19 September 2010

Chinese film on 1960 labour camps cheered in Venice

A powerful Chinese film on the plight of political prisoners condemned to forced labour camps in the late 1950s wooed critics in Venice on Monday, with some tipping it as a strong contender for the festival’s top prize.

The Ditch tells the little-known story of some 3,000 people deported for “re-education” to labour camps on the edge of the Gobi desert, in western China, and struggling to survive extreme climate and acute food shortages.

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via AsiaOne News

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