Man Zou: Bejing to Shanghai
Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai is an independently produced feature-length documentary shot in China in the fall of 2008. Arriving in Beijing three weeks after the Olympics, four friends from Seattle and their Chinese guide set out on a month long trip to bicycle 1,000 miles of China's countryside, filming their adventures along the way.
Without support vehicles, (and flying under the radar), they were able to capture an intimate and unfiltered look at parts of China that are typically bypassed. In more ways than one, the bicycle trip is the vehicle to explore the environmental, economic and sociological issues facing China today, as the film intersperses the experiences of the team with the opinions of residents, expats, and academics.
With only the gear on their bikes and a pre-mapped route, the team discovered remarkable similarities and drastic differences in the cultural and environmental landscape of China and its people. Beginning with open minds and an unbiased approach, their view into modern day life in China is a perspective not normally presented by Western media. In addition to interviews and observations, their 23-year-old guide, Doven Lu, provides a unique perspective into the mindset of China's next generation.
The Man Zou philosophy, borrowed from a common phrase in Mandarin that translates literally to Walk Slow guided the team as they bicycled through the varied urban and rural areas between Beijing and Shanghai. This in turn opened a window into some of the many contradictions that exist in China today: old vs. new, rich vs. poor, development vs. environment and taking time to see things along the way vs. moving rapidly in modern world. Ultimately, the goal of Man Zou is to educate, entertain, inspire and spark conversation about China and its future.
After the film Director Jason Reid will be on hand to discuss the film and have a Q&A session.
"This film is much more than a basic travelogue. It's a sociological look into a nation and people we probably should all understand a little better...Shot raw and dirty, Man Zou is wonderfully edited and filled with interesting images. Paired with Sonicsgate, Reid and his team form a talented group of young filmmakers we need to keep our eyes on." KATU (Portland, Ore.)
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