Having the world's largest population makes China a main player on the international scene, putting it in a role that has revealed some of its darker aspects: denial of civil rights, poor working conditions, widespread environmental problems, backward rural life. Close to 800 million Chinese live in rural areas. Although living conditions have improved, they contrast sharply with the growth of cities in the coastal regions.
In this collection of microstories the documentary unites the many voices of Chinese peasants.
The title quotes a famous phrase by Deng Xiaoping from the early 1960s: "It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice," which somehow summarizes the Chinese people's pragmatic spirit, determination and pride.