HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE

VIATA SIMPLA, TEHNOLOGIE COMPLEXA


USA / China, 2012 , 88'
Stephen Maing

ORIGINAL TITLE

HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE


CATEGORY

Media rehab

SYNOPSIS

“The truth is, I have no idea what journalism is. I just record what I see.”
"Citizen journalism" refers to those individuals who decide to engage in alternative, potentially activist forms of newsgathering and reporting, outside of mainstream media institutions. Recently awarded Best Newcomer Documentary at the Grierson Awards 2013, High Tech, Low Life chronicles the lives of two citizen journalists from China – ‘Zola,’ a vegetable seller, and ‘Tiger Temple,’ a blogger – as they arm themselves with laptops and digital cameras, and start navigating China in search of stories that do not make it into the mainstream media. As the Chinese government continues to police the Internet, a growing number of Chinese people join the community of socially responsible citizens who are willing to risk political persecution in order to document what remains unspoken in China. While following their journey, the film also sketches the wider picture of a divided Chinese society described not only by unprecedented economic changes but also by consumerism, rampant corruption, severe human rights abuses and a widespread disillusionment with Communist ideology.
As artist activist Ai Wei Wei put it, “the most important thing is to press record”. In Romania, over the past year, we have already seen a number of cases proving that this practice works. 

FULL PROGRAM

18 March, 18:00, Cinema Studio

23 March, 19:00, Muzeul National al Taranului Roman

VO

Mandarin

SUBTITLES

English, Romanian

PRODUCER

Mud Horse Pictures

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

True/False Film Festival, USA, 2012

Tribeca Film Festival, USA, 2012

International Film Festival of Boston, USA, 2012

Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, Canada, 2012

Little Rock Film Festival, USA, 2012

Sydney Film Festival, Australia, 2012

Sheffield Docs/Fest International Documentary Festival, UK, 2012

Open City Docs Festival, UK, 2012

The Frontline Club London, UK, 2012

Woods Hole Film Festival, USA, 2012 

EBS International Documentary Festival, South Korea, 2012

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil, 2012

Milwaukee Film Festival, USA, 2012

CNEX Film Festival, Taiwan, 2012

Best Documetnary – Little Rock Film Festival, USA, 2012

Best Documentary Special Jury Award – Independent Film Festival Boston, USA, 2012 

Best Cinematography – Woods Hole Film Festival, USA, 2012

Emerging International Filmmaker Award – Open City Docs Fest, UK, 2012

Independent Sprit Award – EBS International Documentary Festival, South Korea 2012

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