Please Vote for Me
Director: Weijun Chen
Country: Denmark, China
Year of production: 2007
Duration: 55 min
  • Totalitarian regimes
  • Freedom of speech
  • Philosophy of Human Rights
  • Activists / NGOs
  • Teachers
  • Pupils
  • Students
  • Journalists

The film zooms in on a third-grade class in a primary school in the city of Wuhan, central China. These schoolchildren have their first encounter with democratic rules through a class experiment. Three eight-year old children compete for the position of class monitor, influenced by their doting parents, for whom they are their only child – as enforced by state policy. The three main characters take up the challenge in different ways through their campaign strategies, canvassing and election promises. Less self-conscious than their parents, they reflect existing social values more bluntly and honestly than adults.

Weijun Chen

Weijun Chen is a documentary director and producer living in Wuhan, China. After graduating in Journalism from Sichuan University in 1992, he joined the Documentary Production Department of the Wuhan regional TV station. Please Vote for Me was part of the Why Democracy? global documentary project, receiving over 15 awards including a Grierson and a Emmy nomination.

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