Extras in China: The Hengdian Drifters
November 22, 2019
10:30 – 11:00 / 16:30 – 17:00 / 19:30 – 20:00 / 4:30 – 5:00
November 23, 2019
4:30 – 5:00
Just like in any other country, Chinese youth dream of becoming famous actors, and many chase their dreams to Hengdian, a town that serves as a center of movie filming in the country. The jobs that await the vast majority are “extras,” nonspeaking roles for just dollars a day, and barely enough to put food on the table. In this episode, we meet the thespians who have moved hundreds of miles only to be faced with the conflict of either abandoning their dream, or soldiering on as wordless members of the masses.