Fri 17 Aug 2012, 6 pm
Big Halle, Goethe Hanoi
DOCLAB cordially invite you to the screening of “Please vote for me” by Chinese filmmaker Weijun Chen. Please Vote for Me is a portrait of a society and a town in through a school, its children and its families. Wuhan is a city about the size of London located in central China. It is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy.
A Grade 3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with democracy by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year-olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents. Elections in China take place only within the Communist Party, but recently millions of Chinese voted in their version of Pop Idol. The purpose of Weijun Chen’s experiment is to determine how democracy would be received if it came to China.
The film is one of ten selected as part of the Why Democracy? project, which saw interpretations of democracy by 10 film makers from around the world broadcast on 42 television networks in October, 2007, to audiences of more than 300 million people in nearly every country in the world. Before the screening we will screen a short Indonesian film “Our School, our Life” by Steve Pillar Setiabudi on the corruption problems in schools in Indonesia.
Language: The films have English and Vietnamese subtitle.
The screening is non-profit and aims for studies and research only.
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