Location: Bartos Screening Room
With director Miao Wang in person. Post-film discussion to be moderated by Yong Lu.
Dir. Miao Wang. 2017, 90 mins. Digital projection. Filmed over three years in China and the United States, acclaimed director Miao Wang presents a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education and Hollywoodized high school experience. As they encounter homesickness and a more nuanced understanding of the American dream, Wang and ace cinematographer Sean Price Williams let the camera fully register those complications, steering clear of simplified portraiture to instead fashion a film as exploratory and sensitive as that of their brave and tentative young subjects. After the film, Miao Wang will participate in a discussion moderated by Yong Lu, CEO and Founder of Evergreen Asia Advisors and the author of two books on America’s nonprofit sector and its applications to China, The Third Force (2011) and Fundraising for a Cause (2014).
“Astute and absorbing. Maineland takes up a large and complicated set of topics—the global economy, the shifting relations between East and West, the commodification of American education—and addresses them with understated delicacy.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
This screening is sold out. A second screening has been added on Sunday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above).
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