This film played last year's Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary. It was also recently picked up by PBS for their POV series. Tickets are $8 for general admission.
ABOUT THE FILM
"HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country – chronicling under reported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution. The film follows 57-year-old “Tiger Temple,” who earns the title of China’s first citizen reporter after he impulsively documents an unfolding murder and 27-year-old “Zola” who recognizes the opportunity to increase his fame and future prospects by reporting on sensitive news throughout China.
From the perspective of vastly different generations, Zola and Tiger Temple must both reconcile an evolving sense of individualism, social responsibility and personal sacrifice. The juxtaposition of Zola’s coming-of-age journey from produce vendor to internet celebrity, and Tiger Temple’s commitment to understanding China’s tumultuous past provides an alternate portrait of China and of news-gathering in the 21st century."
The website: http://hightechlowlifefilm.com
Suggested by Austin Culp of Austin Film Society
Lets come out at 6PM grab a bite at Chipolte Mexican Grill (right next door to The Alamo) and watch a doc.