- Salt Lake City, UT
June 25, 2013
Utah Film Center
Featuring Q&A with director Stephen Maing
June 12 & 15, 2013
May 19-21, 2013
The Clinton Street Theater
April 10, 2013
Austin Film Society
April 3-10, 2013
Museum of Fine Arts
April 3rd featuring Q&A with director Stephen Maing
March 23-24, 2013
Pickford Film Center
March 15-21, 2013
Gateway Film Center - Columbus Documentary Week
New York, NY
January 9-15, 2013
HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the
country - chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell
phones, and digital cameras these formerly average citizens develop skills as independent oneman
news stations while learning to navigate China’s new social media landscape and evolving
censorship regulations. All while avoiding the risk of political persecution.
"Maing suggests that the contrasts between [Zhou and Shihe] illustrate a fundamental rift in Chinese
society, dividing those with first-hand experience of Maoist rule from those who came of age under
China's transformation into a capitalist superpower."
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"[Zhou] and Shihe are both brave souls practicing journalism in its purest, most exciting form - in a
country where the truth is so scarce and powerful that it can change lives just by being told."
- Emily Jensen, Willamette Week
"An inspiring look at the resilience of the human spirit."
- Paul Sbrizzi, HAMMER TO NAIL
"A wonderful subject and sublime execution."
-Nathan Southern, TV GUIDE
"An engaging study of the disparate characters who are drawn to speak out when the authorities
crack the whip."
-Sam Adams, TIME OUT NEW YORK
"An intriguing window into a technological revolt."
-Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Intrepid in pursuing the truth."
-Andrew Schenker, THE VILLAGE VOICE
“Maing displays a true documentarian's dedication in presenting a humane and at times humorous
portrait of two renegade bloggers zealously seeking truth while cleverly dodging censorship in
-Ross McElwee, Filmmaker
"Its poetry, stunning visuals and intimate encounters with the personal lives of the two traveling
bloggers kept me intrigued."
-On The Media, NPR
"A delightful surprise at the Tribeca Film Festival. A dynamic, highly entertaining documentary."
-Ronnie Scheib, VARIETY
"Absorbing doc with a unique close-up of two Chinese citizen reporters engaging in the risky
business of independent reporting."
-Stewart Nusbaumer, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE
“Through an accumulation of closely-observed detail, High Tech, Low Life creates a devastating
portrait of life in an authoritarian society. What makes the documentary all the more moving is how
it reveals that no matter how powerful the Chinese government may seem to be, there are always
Chinese citizens willing to risk their lives to speak out for freedom.”
-Govindini Murty, HUFFINGTON POST
“It’s impossible not to feel connected with these guys and this movie. Regular people combating
online censorship to tell the stories of other regular people may seem a distant topic to many, but
the humanity of this story is universal.”
-Beth Carter, WIRED