- Adventure, Culture, Environment, Personal Doc, and Social Issues
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 American friends and their Chinese guide set out on a month long trip to bicycle 1,000 miles of Chinaâ€™s countryside, filming their adventures along the way. Without support vehicles or permits, they were able to capture an intimate and unfiltered look at parts of China that are typically bypassed or flown over. 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.
- Show treatment
Ma Jun, an environmental visionary and author of China's Water Crisis (also named as one of the â€œ100 most influential persons in the worldâ€ by Time magazine in May 2006) offers an expert point of view on Chinaâ€™s rapid growth and its global environmental impact.
Kam-Wing Chan, a Professor of Geography at the University of Washington and internationally recognized for his research on migration, labor market and urban social issues in China, discusses the divide between urban and rural Chinese and the plight of Chinaâ€™s migrant workers.
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 Chinaâ€™s next generation.
The â€œMan Zouâ€ philosophy, borrowed from a common phrase in Mandarin that translates literally to â€œWalk Slowâ€ guided the team as they bicycled through the varied urban and rural areas between Beijing and Shanghai and, 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.
- Running time
- 102 minutes
- Jason Reid ... Director, Producer and Editor
- Prod. Co.
- 2R Productions and 8 Rivers Films
- Years of Production
- Beijing, Chengde, Qinhuangdao, Dalian, Yantai, Qingdao, Lianyungang & Shanghai
- Prod. Partners
- Ian Connors
- Release year
- No distribution yet
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