CEL Documentary Viewing Series

The CEL Office is hosting a documentary screening and discussion series?in Spring 2021. You may find the specific schedule and description of each documentary below.?

All students are welcome to apply?to join the viewing?group?via this?form. Contact Chunhao Qian at cq7@nyu.edu for questions and inquiries.

Doc Screening


Schedule: (all films have English subtitles)

  • Friday, Feb. 5? 归途列车 Last Train Home

  • Friday, Feb. 26 ?城市梦 City Dream

  • Friday, Mar. 12? ?杀马特我爱你 We Were Smart

  • Friday, Mar. 26? 棒!少年 Tough Out

Last Train Home

Annually, an estimated 130 million factories workers in China migrate from their city of employment back to the village they grew up in. This documentary spotlights married couple Chen and Zhang as they make their own journey. Chen and Zhang must struggle to reconnect with their children, whom they?see only once a year. When they discover that their daughter has decided to drop out of school to work at a factory herself, they begin questioning the value of their sacrifice.


(Description credit: Rotten Tomatoes)

City Dream

Weijun Chen's lively new film documents the struggles of Wang Tiancheng, an elderly and cantankerous street vendor in Wuhan, China, whose business is threatened by the development of a new retail district.


(Description Credit: Toronto International Film Festival)

We Were Smart

We Were Smart, directed by Li Yifan,?is "a gripping?foray into a vibrant but shunned subculture born of young?migrant workers who fueled China’s manufacturing?boom in the mid 2000s."


(Description Credit: Radiichina.com)


Carrying?heavy burdens from shattered families, a group of boys learn?to play baseball. With struggles in the field and to?find out their identity, could this be their?way out in life?