Directed by: Miao Wang 2017 | 89 min.

Section: Documentaries

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


Over 370,000 students from mainland China are enrolled in American high schools and universities - six times more than a decade ago - with $11.4 billion contributed to the American economy. Filmed over three years, MAINELAND follows two teenagers - fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry - who are part of this enormous wave of “parachute students” from China’s wealthy elite seeking Western-style education and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience.

Through their stories, the film observes China’s place in the in the contemporary world order, its rise, and how that rise is impacted by the West, Directed by HIFF alumn Miao Wang (BEIJING TAXI). Shot on Cinematic HD on by Sean Price Williams (QUEEN OF EARTH, IRIS, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE).


Saturday, November 04 2:30 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Sunday, November 05 1:00 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Miao Wang
Producer Miao Wang
Cast Harry Junru He, Stella Xinyi Zhu
Cinematographer Sean Price Williams

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