Please Vote for Me
|Please Vote for Me|
|Directed by||Weijun Chen|
|Produced by||Don Edkins|
|Editing by||Jean Tsien|
|Distributed by||First Run Features|
|Running time||58 minutes|
Please Vote for Me is a 2007 documentary film following the elections for class monitor in a 3rd grade class of eight-year-old children in the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China. The candidates, Luo Lei, Xu Xiaofei, and Cheng Cheng, compete against each other for the coveted role and are egged on by their teachers and doting parents. This was reported to be the first election of its type for a class monitor held in a school in China, as well as an interesting use of classic democratic voting principles and interpersonal dynamics.
The documentary gives a glimpse into China's contemporary urban middle classes. It won the Sterling Feature Award at Silverdocs in 2007. In November 2007, Please Vote for Me was named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of 15 films on its documentary feature Oscar shortlist. The list was narrowed to five films on January 22, 2008, but Please Vote for Me did not make it to the final five.
The film is part of the "Why Democracy?" series. It was aired in no less than 35 different countries around the world in October 2007, including BBC in the UK and PBS (as part of Independent Lens) in the United States.
- cf. Catalani review of the film in The Asian Reporter
- "Shortlist for docu Oscar unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. November 20, 2007. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2007.
- "Please Vote for Me: A crash course in democracy" by Ronault L.S. Catalani, review of the film in the The Asian Reporter, V17, #42 (October 16, 2007), pages 16 & 20.
- PLEASE VOTE FOR ME site for Independent Lens on PBS
- Silverdocs Film Festival synopsis of the film
- "Please Vote for Me" – official entry in "Why Democracy?" website
- Please Vote for Me at the Internet Movie Database
- Please Vote for Me page on MySpace
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