"High Tech, Low Life" screening


February 20, 2014 - 7:00pm


Main Library, Shambaugh Auditorium

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Filmmaker Steve Maing is coming to UI February 20–21 to screen his award–winning documentary High Tech, Low Life about two of China’s first and most daring citizen reporters who challenge the status quo by reporting on censored news stories.

The screening will held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium at the UI Main Library. A Q&A session will follow the screening.

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.

Meet Maing, watch outtakes from High Tech, Low Life, and see UI undergraduate Xin Wang's short hybrid documentary about Chinese students' experiences at the university on Friday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 105 Adler Journalism Building.

Maing will also be featured along with other guests on Friday’s WorldCanvass panel discussion “A Century of Film in the Public Sphere” from 5–7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.