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Download the discussion guide for the documentary High Tech, Low Life and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

High Tech, Low Life: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. Itis based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people whowant to use High Tech, Low Life to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast toinitiatives thatfoster debates in which participants try to convince others thatthey are right,this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinkingby sharing viewpoints and listening actively.The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issuesin the film. Ratherthan attempting to address them all, choose one ortwo that best meet your needs and interests. Andbe sure to leave time to considertaking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized andoptimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.For more detailed event planning and facilitation tips, visit

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Film Information

High Tech, Low Life (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 22, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

Photos: Download Here

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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