The Filmmakers

Don Edkins and Weijun Chen
Don Edkins and Weijun Chen

From Producer Don Edkins:
We made this film in order to discuss the topic of democracy, where and how it is being practiced—or not—in order to better understand the dominant political system of our time. Also, we decided to base this film on children, because people all over the world will respond to kids, even if they don't like or care about politics or democracy. So, Weijun Chen, the director, thought that it would be a very good perspective for the film to show kids demonstrating the future of democracy in China through their own lives.


Weijun Chen

Weijun Chen is a documentary director and producer living in Wuhan, central China. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Sichuan University in 1992, he joined the documentary production department of the Wuhan regional television station. Chen’s first film, My Life Is My Philosophy, was nominated for the best documentary of the year by the Chinese National Association of Broadcasters. In 2003, he completed To Live Is Better Than To Die, which was awarded Peabody and Grierson awards, as well at the Rodlf Vrfba Award from the One World Festival.

Don Edkins

Don Edkins is a documentary film director and producer. He was born in Cape Town and left South Africa in 1976 for political reasons. In 1994, he returned to vote in the first democratic elections. With a background in development studies and African languages, he has extensive experience in the field of media and development. In Lesotho, he published a national popular educational magazine and founded a mobile video cinema screening films at a community level. He has directed and produced a number of documentaries, including the multi-awarded Steps for the Future, a collection of 38 films from Southern Africa about life in the time of HIV/AIDS. Steps for the Future was the first project of the STEPS group of commissioning editors and producers, broadcasted around the world, and screened at 150 festivals. Currently Edkins is an executive producer for the STEPS global documentary project on democracy.

Read a statement on democracy from Director Weijun Chen >>

View film credits >>

Read about the making of PLEASE VOTE FOR ME >>

Home | The Film | China | The Making Of | The Filmmakers | Learn More | Get Involved | Talkback | Film Credits | Get the DVD | Site Credits Watch Preview PLEASE VOTE FOR ME