Baseball boys: Movie portrays struggle of China’s growing number of ‘left-behind’ children
An image of poor young rural Chinese boys swinging baseball bats in a bid for a better life has moved a nation to tears with the release of a new documentary that sheds light on the lives of the country’s “left-behind” children. The documentary, Tough Out, opened last week to critical acclaim and is a devastating reflection of the reality faced by seven million children who have been left behind in rural China by parents forced to move to the cities in search of work.  Named best documentary in this year’s FIRST International Film Festival, it focuses on a group of boys from across rural China brought to Beijing to play baseball by Qiangbang Angels Baseball Base, a charity set up by Sun Ling