Hanoi to screen documentary on democracy in China

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Hanoi-based DOCLAB will screen the documentary film "Please vote for Me" by Chinese filmmaker Weijun Chen on August 17 at the Goethe Institute in Vietnam's capital.


According to a promotional material from DOCLAB (Hanoi Documentary Filmmaking and Video Art Center), Please Vote for Me is a portrait of a society and a town seen through the lens of a school, its children and its families. Wuhan is a city about the size of London located in central China. 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.


The film is one of ten selected as part of the Why Democracy? project, which saw interpretations of democracy by 10 film makers from around the world broadcast on 42 television networks in October, 2007, to audiences of more than 300 million people in nearly every country in the world.


Short Indonesian film "Our School, our Life" by Steve Pillar Setiabudi on the corruption problems in schools in Indonesia will be screened before Please Vote for Me


Language: The films have English and Vietnamese subtitles.


The screening is non-profit.


Entrance is free. The Goethe Institute Hanoi is located on 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District.


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