PLEASE VOTE FOR ME

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME

    Price: $310.00

    Code: 2313
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Weijun Chen
    2007, 52 minutes
    Purchase: $310 / Classroom Rental: $125
    Named one of the Best Documentaries of 2008 by Video Librarian


    An experiment in democracy is taking place in Wuhan, the most populous city in central China. For the first time ever, the students in grade three at Evergreen Primary School have been asked to elect a class monitor. Traditionally appointed by the teacher, the class monitor holds a powerful position, helping to control the students, keeping them on task and doling out punishment to those who disobey. The teacher has chosen three candidates: Luo Lei (a boy), the current class monitor; Cheng Cheng (a boy); and Xu Xiaofei (a girl). Each candidate is asked to choose two assistants to help with his or her campaign.

    To prove their worthiness, the candidates must perform in three events. First is a talent show, where each candidate plays an instrument or sings a song. Second is a debate, in which the candidates bring up the shortcomings of their opponents as well as their own personal qualifications. And finally, each candidate must deliver a speech, an opportunity to appeal directly to classmates and ask for their votes.

    At home, each of the children is coached by his or her parents and pushed to practice and memorize for each stage of the campaign. Although their parents are supportive, the candidates feel the pressure. Tears and the occasional angry outburst reveal the emotional impact. At school, the candidates talk to classmates one-on-one, making promises, planning tactics (including negative ones) and at times expressing doubts about their own candidacies.

    For all three children, the campaign takes its toll, especially for the losing candidates and their assistants. Viewers are left to decide if the experiment in democracy has been "successful" and what it might mean for democracy in China. Please Vote for Me challenges those committed to China's democratization to consider the feasibility of, and processes involved in, its implementation.

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    Festivals & Awards

    * Winner, Sterling Feature Award, Silverdocs Film Festival, 2007
    * Working Films Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2008
    * Best Educational documentary, DOCNZ, 2007
    * Nominated, Best International Feature Documentary, Cinema Eye Awards, 2008
    * Special Jury Prize, Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival, 2008
    * Best Documentary Award, Ashland Independent Film Fest, 2008
    * Best Documentary, Jackson Hole Film Festival, 2008



    Reviews

    “Fascinating. The film could be usefully employed by teachers from upper elementary grades through undergraduate courses. In addition to sparking a great deal of discussion on potential advantages and disadvantages of democratic selection of leaders and on what the course of this election reveals about democracy or childhood, it also affords opportunities to discuss many other important issues specific to China… Students at all levels will gain from watching this reality-show-style film.” - Asian Educational Media Service’s News and Reviews

    “This film should lead to much class discussion regarding ethics, campaigning and what it means to ask the question ‘What is Democracy?’ Recommended.” - Educational Media Reviews Online

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