High Tech, Low Life
Stephen Maing / 2012 / USA / 86’
Sat 23 June / 19:15 AV Hill Theatre
Nominated for Emerging International Filmmaker Award
Two of China’s first citizen reporters chronicle the untold stories from inside China: A young vegetable seller decides to challenge the restrictions of free speech and begin a second life as a citizen journalist. An older blogger in Beijing is dedicated to telling the stories of the villagers who struggle for survival in China’s rural areas. Armed with digital cameras, cell phones and laptops they have both become one-man news stations as they navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations. From the perspective of vastly different generations, the film captures the efforts to reconcile an evolving sense of individualism, social responsibility and personal sacrifice.