Urbanization in China Leaves Millions of Children to Raise Themselves

While industrialization has prompted unprecedented economic growth and allowed for the rise of a new middle class in China, urbanization has also left some 9 million children in the countryside alone as their parents work in cities far from home.

Down from the Mountains chronicles the lives of three children who when not in school live often unattended on a farm in Liangshan. With their parents working in the distant city of Huizhou, only their grandmother, who lives a 40-minute walk away, is able to supervise them. Director Max Duncan brings us into the lives of this fractured family as Jiajia, the mother, considers a permanent return home.

Source: Aeon

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