Screening: The Secret of My Success
U.S. premier of a documentary about electoral politics & contraception in China
Saturday, November 22, 2003
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS
(Wo chenggong de mimi)
(2002, China) Directed by Duan Jinchuan
Contraception meets electoral politics in this absorbing and comical documentary about the ambitions of Mr. Lu, the go-getting Birth Control Officer of remote Fanshen Village in northeastern China who will stop at nothing to keep his hold on power. Calamity ensues when a local woman who is pregnant with her third child flees the village, seriously violating the community's annual quota of newborns and jeopardizing the careers of all the village officials. Her disappearance prompts the scheming Mr. Lu into action as he conspires to fix the upcoming elections, which ultimately hinge on a question of absentee votes. Sharply observed details of human behavior and rich, painterly cinematography lend a fable-like quality to this microcosmic study of fledgling Chinese democracy.
Producer: Jacqueline Elfick, Mark Frith. Cinematographer: Duan Jinchuan. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Beta-SP, 59 min.
Presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Cost: General admission: $7; Students, seniors, & members of UCLA Alumni Assoc. (with ID): $5
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Film & Television Archive Tel: 310 206-8013
Sponsor(s): Film and Television Archive