Anyone seen ‘Please Vote For Me’?
It’s a Chinese documentary filmed in an elementary school in Wuhan, China. The filmmakers follow a 3rd-Grade class who are having their first elections for class monitor.
I was a little afraid that this might be some sort of propaganda piece trying to show how democracy is not good for China. Luckily it didn’t really have that message, but was really a well-made and fascinating doc.
This’ll be particularly interesting for those here who teach elementary children. The kids are great. Nasty at times, and there’s tears, but for the most part they’re having fun. Also very familiar is the doting parents coaching them, writing their speeches and even training them in the fine art of vote-buying
Also a good one for Chinese learners - the Wuhan accent is much closer to Taiwan Guoyu than the Beijinghua we usually get in Chinese movies, and it’s largely Chinese for kids.
I really recommend this if you can find a copy.