A mesmerising reversal of the east-west immigrant narrative set against China's economic boom, River East, River West is a deeply moving exploration of race, identity and family, of capitalism's false promise and private dreams.
Â Shanghai, 2007: feeling betrayed by her American mother's engagement to their rich landlord Lu Fang, fourteen-year-old Alva begins plotting her escape. But the exclusive American School - a potential ticket out - is not what she imagined.
Qingdao, 1985: newlywed Lu Fang works as a lowly shipping clerk.
Though he aspires to a bright future, he is one of many casualties of harsh political reforms. Then China opens up to foreigners and capital, and Lu Fang meets a woman who makes him question what he should settle for.