Filmmaker: Shan Zuolong

According to The Economist, more than a million Chinese households a month have moved into the middle class since 2000.

Like many other young Chinese, Chen Guojie is desperate to earn a wage and stand on his own feet.

He has no desire to take over the tiny silk factory his parents risked everything to build in eastern China. He wants a higher-paid, less stressful job in the city.

But achieving the Chinese dream isn't easy.

Witness follows Guojie over four years as he fights the urge to drop out of university, tackles problems at home and finds the love of his life.

A coming-of-age story about big dreams and difficult decisions in a country changing at an extraordinary pace.

Source: Al Jazeera