High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters as they document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development. A search for truth and fame inspires young vegetable seller “Zola” to report on censored news stories from the cities, while retired businessman “Tiger Temple” makes sense of the past by chronicling the struggles of rural villagers. Land grabs, pollution, rising poverty, local corruption and the growing willingness of ordinary people to speak out are grist for these two bloggers who navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and challenge the boundaries of free speech. A co-production of ITVS and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). A co-presentation with CAAM.
After the broadcast, you can visit the High Tech Low Life companion site to view a video interview with the director, download a discussion guide and other viewing resources, navigate the Great Firewall of China, and find out what’s happened to the bloggers since the cameras stopped rolling.