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Please Vote For Me (2007/First Run Features DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Main Program: B-



The Chinese have not yet tried democracy across the country, but they have begun to explain it in their schools as 8-year-old school children get to discover what it is by electing class presidents in the third grade in Weijun Chenís entertaining, comical, interesting documentary Please Vote For Me (2007) which has already gained some awards and for good reason.


Capitalism has not ended communism in the country, but it seems as if they are ready to experiment and prepare these children for it, whether it happens at home or abroad.Lasting about an hour, it becomes a story about the children, the country, its character and its future, especially those who get to be among the first to vote for anything in the land.Capitalism has granted some more freedoms to the country and that is a start, but whether this and what we see here will lead to more reforms is another story.However, this is something special in its small time frame and that is definitely worth a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 originates on digital video of some kind and has its limits and flaws, being shot on location constantly as it was, but is edited together well and has good pacing.The Dolby Digital 2.0 is simple stereo at best, again at the mercy of location circumstances.Extras include previews for other First Run Features DVDs and trailer for this.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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