24city

24 City (2008) by Jia Zhangke, 112 min, video, China

24 City chronicles the dramatic and thunderous fall of a State-owned munitions factory and its conversion into a luxury high-rise apartment complex. Artfully composed, rich in offbeat details, and punctuated with pop songs, 24 City weaves together the stories of three generation of factor workers (some real, some performed by actors) into a fascinating oral history of post-revolutionary China and the massive changes transforming the country.