Maineland

Winner
Special Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature
South by Southwest
Nominee
SXSW Chicken & Egg Award
South by Southwest
Nominee
Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature
South by Southwest
A fascinating glimpse into the lives of an expanding population of immigrant students.

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Maineland

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND is a multilayered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.

Genre
Documentary
Runtime
90
Language
Chinese, English
Director
Miao Wang
Awards:
Winner, Special Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature, South by Southwest
Nominee, SXSW Chicken & Egg Award, South by Southwest
Nominee, Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature, South by Southwest
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FEATURED REVIEW
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“You know why I thrive in the U.S.?” high school student Stella asks her mother on a trip home to China. “Because I don’t study!” Stella is one of many Chinese students whose parents have chosen to enroll her in Maine’s Fryeburg Academy, a private school an hour northwest of Portland. These well-to ...

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