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The Film

Inspired by a search for truth and the potential for fame, a young vegetable seller from Hunan province challenges the boundaries of free speech by reporting on censored news stories in cities throughout China. An older blogger from Beijing makes sense of his past by riding his bicycle across the mainland documenting the struggles of villagers deep within China's countryside.

Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, “Zola” and “Tiger Temple” travel the country as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution. High Tech, Low Life captures the untold story of two of China's first citizen reporters and the achievements of a fearless new digital generation.

The Filmmaker

  1. Stephen T. MaingProducer/Director