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AsianAm Media Spotlight: MAINELAND
October 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Fri., Oct. 5 | 7:00 PM
4070 Vilas Hall
USA, China | 2017 | DCP | 90 min.
Director: Miao Wang
This gorgeous and thoughtful documentary by the director of Beijing Taxi follows two affluent and cosmopolitan Chinese high schoolers as they adjust to life at a small boarding school in rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As the students fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country. Screening with the support of the 2018 Asian-American Media Spotlight.