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High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s first citizen-reporters, bloggers who are fighting censorship to document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development.

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Stephen Maing discusses his feature film High Tech, Low Life and censorship in China.

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The 26-year-old Zhou Shuguang, aka Zola, seeks fame by reporting news that has been suppressed throughout China.

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The retired businessman “Tiger Temple” makes sense of the past by chronicling the struggles of rural villagers.

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Film Information

High Tech, Low Life (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 22, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Stephen Maing Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Fact Sheet | Press Release | Critical Acclaim


Stephen Maing
Stephen Maing

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Critical Acclaim

Profiling two of China’s . . . citizen reporters, Stephen Maing’s High Tech, Low Life offers an inside look at an outsider vocation.”

—Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times

Maing’s camera captures the busy, rich and revealing life around [the protagonists] with interested openness and visual intelligence—a consistent quality of the films presented by POV, which has been rocking my summer weekly.”

—Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times

Its poetry- stunning visuals, intimate encounters with the personal lives of two traveling bloggers—Zola and Tiger Temple—kept me intrigued. . . . China is in the process of reinventing itself. And that’s precisely what makes this film so fascinating.”

—Luisa Beck, NPR “On the Media”

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