2007. China. Jian Yi. 73 min.
New York premiere
Sunday, February 15, 2009, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2007. China. Directed by Jian Yi. The phenomenally popular Chinese TV show Super Girl Singing Contest was modeled after American Idol. Shot before the show was banned for being "too popular," this candid documentary follows four would-be contestants, ages seventeen to twenty, as they prepare for the pre-screening trials, revealing their inner thoughts, fears, and goals along the way. Their struggles reflect undercurrents within contemporary Chinese culture. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 73 min.