Project Description

Director: Xiaoxiao Chen


A PLACE CALLED HOME depicts the daily lives of the 70 abandoned children, ages 1 month to 18 years old, residing at Zhang Jiakou Welfare Center in China. Left as infants by poor parents, these children, many of them severely disabled or mentally challenged, manage to overcome individual limitations and exhibit surprisingly active and beautiful minds. This documentary takes an unflinching look into an institutional world where heartbreak and tragedy, though routine, co-exist with the simplest, smallest, and most unexpected everyday triumphs.