Please Vote for Me

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Please Vote for Me
Please Vote for Me.jpg
Directed by Weijun Chen
Produced by Don Edkins
Edited by Jean Tsien
Production
company
Steps International
Distributed by First Run Features
Release dates
  • September 6, 2007 (2007-09-06) (Toronto International Film Festival)
Running time 58 minutes
Country China, Denmark
Language Mandarin

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.[1]

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,[2] 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.

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  1. ^ cf. Catalani review of the film in The Asian Reporter
  2. ^ "Shortlist for docu Oscar unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. November 20, 2007. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2007. 

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