Shifting the lens to ageing China in transition at its moment of apparent economic prosperity, HONGMEI PARK seems to align well with the vision of “a harmonious society”. Yet, the film contradicts the positive growth relationship between the economy and the elderly care-system in the current stage of China’s “harmonious society”. HONGMEI PARK looks at China, a technologically advanced society, an economic super-power, from the inside–the perspective of who gets to stay when the riches of automation and digitization pass over a generation. The film questions the uncertainty and disturbance in a controversial transformation of social structures at a moment of the tremendous growth of economy and consumption. Perhaps we are made to speculate of the future unfolding in China, who is abandoned in a harmonious society, and ultimately the value of these people who are economically disadvantaged.
HONEMEI PARK will be exhibited from 17 to 29 July 2020, at Via Aosta 17, 20155, Milano, in the frame of LA VITA DELL’ARTE.