Happy Everyday: Park Life in China

In a culture of stability and self-censorship, the retirees of Shanghai & Beijing have carved out a flamboyant niche for letting off steam. Happy Everyday: Park Life in China is an upbeat but unnerving look at the relativity of freedom in China’s ‘harmonious society’.

Happy Everyday: Park Life in China immerses the viewer in a version of retirement unlike anything seen in the West – elderly ravers cutting loose to pounding techno, mass maraca troupes trancing in unison… In the closely monitored public spaces of Shanghai & Beijing, retirees have carved out a flamboyant niche for letting off steam. People exude positivity to camera, but all is not what it seems.

Written & Directed by Peter O’Donoghue

Produced by Peter O’Donoghue, Sarah Wishart and Philippa Campey for Park Life China Films

International sales by PBS International. Australia & New Zealand sales by Film Camp.