A couple of years ago, a friend of mine sent me a link. It was a link to a documentary that would give me a new insight into China, like I had never had before.
Made in 2007, “Please Vote For Me” is a documentary by Chinese director Weijun Chen, following the lives of three young schoolchildren as they bid to become the first class president, embracing a new concept…voting.
Following these students though the whole process of the build-up to the election we see a microcosmic display of Chinese society played out beautifully through the lives of three very different children from very different backgrounds.
I do not want to give anything away for those who haven’t seen it, but the interweaving of the stories of the three children and their preparations are so well done and draw you into a real dramatic climax with a level of drama that is hard to beat.
I can’t encourage you enough to find an hour to sit and watch this documentary. Once you do, please come back and let me know what you think!