Yana is a 24-year-old rural migrant who recently arrived in Chongqing to pursue her “Chinese Dream.” Drawn by the glamor and easy riches of China’s historic real estate boom, she opens a foreigner rental agency designed to help Chinese real estate developers market their new developments. But this business takes a dubious turn as her foreigners are increasingly used in a surreal effort to turn remote rural ghost towns into “globalized booming cities” on the days that outside investors and political leaders visit. When the inevitable happens and the real estate bubble starts to pop, Yana is forced to sell her company and reassess everything she ever believed in. Filmed over several years, DREAM EMPIRE CHINA is at once a gripping personal story and rare on-the-ground chronicle of one of the most critical economic issues of our time.
Dream Empire won a Golden Alexander Award at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017.
Title: Dream Empire
Director: David Borenstein
Producer: Jesper Jack
Outreach: Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International
Duration: 8 min., 24 min, 60 min, 90 min.
Partners: WDR/ARTE, Al Jazeera English, DR, SVT, VPRO, CBC, DFI, New York Times
Delivery: Aug/Sep 2015