The Film

Beijing at the Starting Line

The 2008 Olympics Games is China’s debutante ball on the world stage. “ Faster. Higher. Stronger” — the preparation for the Games has turned Beijing into a hot spot of frenzied growth. But what does the Olympics mean to the ordinary Chinese? This film chronicles the attempts of three Beijing residents to make their personal Olympic dream come true. A 11 year old boy wants to beat the odds to become an Olympics torch-bearer. A road sweeper dreams of staging his own mass Olympics countdown performance. An aging blind athlete makes one last stab at a Paralympics medal before he retires from sports. Together, their stories give a snapshot of the city of Beijing the summer before the big games come to town.

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  1. […] Beijing tells the story of how three quite different residents of Beijing are working to achieve their personal dreams. This film chronicles the attempts of three Beijing residents to make their personal Olympic dream […]


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