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'High Tech, Low Life' documentary film screening + conversation w/ director

The Hitachi Center and The Edward R. Murrow Center

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

Medford, MA

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High Tech, Low Life is a new documentary film about two of China's first citizen reporters.

** Watch trailer HERE **

> Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2012, Sydney Film Festival 2012
> Winner, Best Documentary: Independent Film Festival Boston 2012, Little Rock Film Festival 2012
 
Followed by a conversation with the director, Steve Maing + a discussion led by Crocker Snow, director of the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy at The Fletcher School.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 26
6:00 pm
Cabot Intercultural Center 206
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA
 
Dinner and refreshments will be served prior to the start of the event.

 
About the film:
 

HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country – chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution. The film follows 57-year-old “Tiger Temple,” who earns the title of China’s first citizen reporter after he impulsively documents an unfolding murder and 27-year-old “Zola” who recognizes the opportunity to increase his fame and future prospects by reporting on sensitive news throughout China.

From the perspective of vastly different generations, Zola and Tiger Temple must both reconcile an evolving sense of individualism, social responsibility and personal sacrifice. The juxtaposition of Zola’s coming-of-age journey from produce vendor to internet celebrity, and Tiger Temple’s commitment to understanding China’s tumultuous past provides an alternate portrait of China and of news-gathering in the 21st century.

Watch trailer HERE

Read the Huffington Post review HERE

Read the TV Guide review HERE
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Cabot 206, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)


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About The Hitachi Center

The Hitachi Center was founded in 1990, with a generous endowment gift from Hitachi, Ltd., and is housed at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Its mission is to sponsor advanced research and instruction, demonstrate intellectual and professional leadership, and encourage and facilitate a global exchange of ideas on the management of innovation and technological change and the advancement of economic and financial integration. Over the years, the Hitachi Center has helped to promote Fletcher’s mission of teaching, research, and service through its support and promotion of internships, research on important issues of global technology management, international finance, and international economic integration, conferences bringing together scholars and policy-makers, and other educational activities.


About The Edward R. Murrow Center

Public diplomacy was first defined forty years ago as the actions of governments to inform and influence foreign publics. The definition is changing with the times. Today it involves non governmental organizations such as the media, multinational corporations and of course classical NGO’s as much as sovereign governments.

With the legacy of former Fletcher dean Edmund A. Gullion who coined the phrase “public diplomacy” in 1965 and the legendary reputation for credibility of the Center’s namesake, the Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy has a key historical role. Equally, it is part of the currency and evolving definition of public diplomacy today.

As Washington officials fret about the unpopular image of the U.S. with many overseas publics, as small countries like Norway, Canada, Costa Rica, Jordan and Singapore choose to play more than an honest broker role in world affairs, as multinational corporations worry whether their country of origin affects their overseas sales, the historical principles and contemporary practice of public diplomacy are often at odds.

This tension is well served by the Murrow Center. The impact of traditional governmental influence is reflected through the Fletcher School’s long and close associations with the foreign service. The impact of new non governmental influences are reflected in the School’s analytical and academic environment.

With its history, its resources and its enabling academic environment, the Edward R. Murrow Center has a place at the epicenter of the challenging field of public diplomacy today.


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