Thursday, September 27, 2007

Free Film Screening Tonight: Please Vote for Me

Posted by Erica Jackson on Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 12:30 PM

What would happen if free elections came to China? Is democracy a universal value? Please Vote for Me is a Chinese film that explores these questions and more, and you can catch it at the library on Calhoun Street tonight. And it's free.

Here's some info from the film's website:

"Wuhan is a city in central China about the size of London, and 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, if democracy came to China, it would be received. Is democracy a universal value that fits human nature? Do elections inevitably lead to manipulation? Please Vote for Me is a portrait of a society and a town through a school, its children and its families."

Presented by ChasDOC. Discussion following the film next door at Kennedy’s.


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