2015 / Australia, Sweden, China, Spain / 58 Minutes / Daniel Whelan
The party is drawing to an end. In ”Bulkland” migrant workers, factory owners and night club dancers struggle to carve out their slice of the pie in a city dedicated to bulk sales of cheap junk: Yiwu, the raw, throbbing heart of “Made in China”, where every day is a hustle. As cheap goods have flooded world markets, dollar stores have popped up around the globe and built this present-day Klondike, connected by the world’s longest railway to markets in Western Europe. It’s been a party lasting for decades, but now some of the participants are going home. Yiwu’s inhabitants face a changing China that is trying to reach past the simple mass production that the country’s wealth is built upon.