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Eight-year-old Su Min and her mother resides in the slum of Shenzhen in China, making ends meet by cleaning toilets and picking garbage. Su Min dreams to go to school some day. But when she sneaks into an elementary school, she gets hit by a car while running away from security guards. With Su Min’s leg broken, her mother’s only goal is to send her to school, but she will have to pay out of city tuition of 30,000 yuan. To fulfill Su Min’s dream, her mother risks her job by sneaking into classrooms and offices to steal money.

New York, NY, USA
Charles Xiuzhi Dong is an award-winning director, based in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in Film & TV Production at the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. His short films screened at numerous film festivals. Namely, After Class (2020): Santa Barbara, Oberhausen, and Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia: winning Best Short Award. His latest documentary film, Anshan Diaries (2021) was in the Semi-finalists for the 48th annual Student Academy Awards. more...

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