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Must-see! Thought-provoking and achingly hilarious. --Ronnie Schieb, Variety
Brilliant and utterly enjoyable. --Documentary Film Magazine (DOX)
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If these children are anywhere near typical, American education is in worse shape than we think! The film also evidenced very strong parental involvement, as well as the large class size (about 40 pupils).
Talk about timing! 2008 is the Olympics in China and the Presidential election in the US. Combining both the fascination with Chinese culture, especially how it is moving into more democracy and western culture, with the concept of a "last man wins" election, Chinese Director Weijun Chen has created a real "nail biter". Which of the three candidates will win in their run for office? Who will bribe the most voters? And who will cheat? Oh, and let's not forget: Who will cry when they are called names.
Yes, this is the story of a real election, but it's not a Presidential one. This is the first free election in Wuhan province and it is for ....... the class monitor of the third grade class at Wuhan Elementary School. With two boys and one girl - chosen by their teacher as candidates - Chen captures the events in real time. We she the parents (or "parent" in the case of the single-parent child) guiding them. But it's interesting to see the tactics that the candidates develop for themselves.
The film is a short 58 minutes and there are no extras (except for the "Trailer" which is nothing more than a compilation of scenes from the film). It's in Mandarin with easy to read English subtitles.
Personally, I'd like to know the "backstory" of this film and how Chen chose to make it but, on its own, this short film will definitely hold your attention and show you that, though we think we're different from other cultures, when it comes to politics we're not that much different, some candidates are just older!
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Great documentary, especially if you teach Chinese politics at the college level.Published 1 month ago by Vesna Marcina
A great film! My kids and I watched it as part of the Journeys in Film lessons and they have asked to watch this one again.Published 8 months ago by Theresa
interesting insight into the psyche of the cultural mind.Published 12 months ago by kathleen howarth
Simply one of the best documentary one can enjoy! China, democracy, education and kids. The doc wonderfully captured the emotion of the participants.Published 14 months ago by Mizanur Rahman
The funny thing about China lately is how many decisions are governed by a voting process. This movie is short, interesting, has excellent characters, and shows this process... Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by W. Eckert
The three candidates are very engaging and so much fun to watch as they go through the process of campaigning for class monitor. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Janis Elaine Bates
I found this film disturbing, because it illustrates starkly how foreign a concept democracy has become to the chinese. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by pipnuts
Shows that a movie about PEOPLE first is and will always be better than a souped up Hollywood million dollar movie about NOTHINGNESS, bangs, bright lights, loud music, etc. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Hardboiled 1