Screening of the Documentary Maineland
with Q & A with filmmaker Miao Wang
On Thursday, November 9, a special screening of the film Maineland was followed by a question and anwers from director Miao Wang. As a school with a large international student body, the film was a fascinating look into the experience of Chinese high school students in America. Students and faculty asked questions around the making of Maineland, documentary filmmaking, and Wang’s personal experiences.
Filmed over three years, MAINELAND follows two teenagers – fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry – who are part of this enormous wave of “parachute students” from China’s wealthy elite seeking Western-style education and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience.Through their stories, the film observes China’s place in the contemporary world order and its rise and how that rise is impacted by the West. Directed by Miao Wang (Beijing Taxi). SXSW Special Jury Award 2017.