Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, March 16:
Camden, Vancouver, Maryland, IFF Boston, Durban, Hawaii, San Diego Asian American, Seattle Asian American
An observational portrait of affluent Chinese teenagers in a US boarding school.
Wang’s project focuses on Stella and Harry, who leave their native China to enroll in the Fall 2012 semester at Fryeburg Academy in rural Maine, a boarding school that has found a new market for students in Asia seeking an escape from the rigors of China’s national education system and a leg up in the global marketplace through direct experience with American culture. Following their experiences over three years, Wang subtly explores culture clash and language differences, and how Stella and Harry do – and don’t – immerse themselves in their new surroundings. It’s a quiet film – there’s little evidence of the emotional impact of this major life change on the Chinese students, at least on the surface – but it offers an intimate look at two strangers in a strange land.