06 Dec Maineland
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Miao Wang, Maineland is a feature-length documentary following the the story of two immigrant high school students, having big American dreams settle in a small town in Maine.
“Stella and Harry are affluent, cosmopolitan teenagers who are part of the enormous wave of ‘parachute students’ from Mainland China enrolling in U.S. private schools. Shot over three years in China and the U.S., Maineland tells a multi-layered coming-of-age tale, following this buoyant, fun-loving girl and introspective boy as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar small-town rural Maine. They come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. But as their fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, their relationship to home takes on a surprising new aspect.” Maineland recently had its west coast premiere at the San Diego Asian Film Festival on November 12, 2017. Link