Join Us for DC Film Screening of “High Tech, Low Life”
HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE, an award-winning documentary that emerged out of the prestigious Sundance Film Insitute, follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters. Armed only with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, they become independent one-man news stations, while simultaneously navigating China’s evolving censorship regulations and trying to avoid political persecution.
The film follows 57-year-old “Tiger Temple,” who earns the title of China’s first citizen reporter after he impulsively documents an unfolding murder, and 27-year-old “Zola,” who recognizes the opportunity to increase his fame and future prospects by reporting on sensitive news throughout China. Though of vastly different generations, Zola and Tiger Temple must both reconcile a growing sense of individualism with their social responsibilities and the personal sacrifices these entail. The juxtaposition of Zola’s coming-of-age story and his transformation from produce vendor into internet celebrity and Tiger Temple’s exploration of China’s tumultuous past yields an honest and multifaceted portrait of China in the 21st century.
More than ever in our age of digital communications, filmmakers play a crucial role in illuminating and communicating the struggles and triumphs of people all over the world. It is our pleasure to screen a film at our 2016 China Forum that exemplifies this mission of civic courage. We hope you will be able to join us to celebrate and share these important stories.