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Democracy in China exists, that is, in a primary school in Wuhan where a grade 3 class can vote who they want as class monitor.

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Wuhan is a city in China the size of London where an experiment in democracy is conducted. At Evergreen Primary School, a grade 3 class learns what democracy is when an election for class monitor is being held. Three children are chosen by the teacher as candidates and they have a few days to campaign and convince their classmates to vote for them. The little candidates are seen at school and at home, where their parents do their best to make sure their child will win the election. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Fiction or documentary?
30 March 2014 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

This can't be a documentary, as another reviewer already said. For starters, there are many "intimate" moments caught on tape in the most unrealistic way (e.g., a kid telling his machiavellic plans to destroy another candidate's reputation - all steps of his planning and executing are recorded), the camera shoots sometimes at angles that would be impossible to shoot without the cameraman looking really awkward, the characters fit perfectly well into their roles in the plot (which is odd for a documentary), etc., so this casts serious doubts on whether many of the film's good points are real or fake.

But as a fiction, is it interesting? Well, more or less, because the main interest in the film is to catch a glimpse at contemporary China, and a fiction destroys this unbiased objective. The film rather reinforces some stereotypes and doesn't show anything new. The novelty would be that the problems of western elections can also happen in China, but this is discarded if the film is a fiction.


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