Wukan: The Flame of Democracy
Wukan: The Flame of DemocracyLynn Lee & James Leong // China // 2013 // 90 min // Original with English sub. // 15+

Wed, 23 Apr • TIM XXI 4 • 21:30
Thu, 24 Apr • GoetheHaus • 19:00
Sat, 26 Apr • TIM XXI 3 • 13:00 EXTRA SCREENING
Sun, 27 Apr • Salihara • 19:00

In late 2011, Wukan, a village in southern China, rose up against decades of corrupt rule. Despite a crackdown and the death of a leading activist, the unthinkable happened - the Village Committee fell and democratic elections were announced. So what happens after a successful uprising? Our film begins as the elections get underway and China’s extraordinary experiment in grassroots democracy begins. Over the course of a year, we follow Wukan’s villagers as they grapple with the challenges of a new political system. Former rebel leaders must now run the village, listen to the people, and deal with provincial and county authorities. Can they deliver on promises made during the elections?

Lynn Lee & James LeongLynn and James have made documentaries across Asia. Passabe, their debut, received a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. Aki Ra’s Boys, won two international awards and Homeless FC, received the Grand Prize at the Chinese Documentary Festival. Lynn and James have also made numerous television documentaries for broadcasters including Aljazeera.