The Tie Xi district in Shenyang
in northeast China was established during the Japanese occupation
and transformed into a highly populated industrial area. In China’s
rush to modernity—reform and restructuring, factory bankruptcies and
closures, demolition and relocation of old neighborhoods, the
changing ties between state ownership and company employees—working
class families have had the bear the heaviest brunt of all these
Part One: Rust. Scenes of
three important factories in Tie Xi that are all on the verge of
closure — a development sure to accelerate the region's economic
Part Two: Vestiges. Follows a
group of teenagers living in workers housing due to be demolished.
As winter snowstorms arrive they are forced to make difficult
choices about their futures.
Part Three: Rails. Some people
make their earnings by bumming around and on the rail lines. With
the downturn of the economy, which in turn decreases the rail
traffic, these scavengers are also falling into desperate times.
Tie Xi Qu was supported by Rotterdam Film Festival’s Hubert Bals