EXCLUSIVE

Please vote for me

34 minutes

See real democracy in action – how Chinese third-graders elect a class monitor

‘What kind of thing is “Democracy”?’

Born into an authoritarian state that professes to value the greater good over individual expression, many Chinese children have little familiarity with Western ideals of democracy. Nevertheless, they prove themselves quick studies in Please Vote For Me, which chronicles China’s first ever modern classroom election, held among third-graders in the city of Wuhan. After the students learn the basic tenets of democracy, a campaign for the position of class monitor swiftly descends into an all too familiar jumble of campaign promises, back-room deals and dirty tricks. Funny, touching and full of small surprises, the Chinese director Weijun Chen’s documentary is a wry look at the democratic process and all its chaotic, imperfect promise.

This version of Please Vote For Me was excerpted for Wholphin from a feature-length documentary of the same name.

Director: Weijun Chen

Producer: Don Edkins

Websites: www.steps.co.zawhydemocracy.net, afridocs.net

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