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Follow Your Heart

Follow Your HeartOVERVIEW

Genre: Documentary
Language: Mandarin/English
Country of Origin: People's Republic of China
Running Time: 91 mins
Medium: Hi-def


CAST & CREW

Director: Duncan Jepson
Co-Directed by: Ed Bean
Producer: Duncan Jepson
Co-Produced by: Jo Fok, Cohen Leung & Charmaine Li
Executive Producer: Ilyas Khan
Associate Producer: Nat Olson
Editor: Low Hwee Ling
Writer: Duncan Jepson
Director of Photography: Grant Douglas
Music By: Richard Wheare
Songs By: MC Gold Mountain
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company

REVIEW

"entertaining and eye-catching"
- Bong Miquiabas, Time Out Hong Kong

"fast paced"
- Jocelyn Lee, The Straits Times

Excerpt from an email on acceptance to Hawaii International Film Festival:
"a truly fine and very informative piece"
- Anderson Le, Program Director
Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF)

Excerpt from an email on acceptance to Urban Mediamakers Film Festival:
"[your] work is fabulous!"
- Cheryle Reynolds, Festival Director
Urban Mediamakers Film Festival


SYNOPSIS

The current generation of youth in China are the first Chinese in 5000 years to experience freedom. They enjoy choice and the rites of passage to adulthood without the commanding power of an emperor or an all-encompassing political ideology.

With an ever-widening range of choices and opportunities and the benefits of a booming economy, this generation of Chinese youth live as many of their western peers have for generations. Yet this particular generation of Chinese youth, while experiencing new freedoms, also find themselves growing up to inherit a political and economic superpower. They are the generation that will build China’s future and negotiate the vital relationship with the US and the international community.

Follow Your Heart – China’s New Youth Movement explores the life and ideals of this new generation of Chinese from those in the wealthy coastal cities to those living in the small interior cities. The film focuses on the beliefs, work and family life of a number of China’s successful and independent Hip Hop artists who have an increasingly widening influence in a society quickly proselytising from communism to consumerism. The group, spread across China, believe in Hip Hop as it began in New York in 1970s; that it is a means of expressing freedom and that being true to oneself is most important. While political and traditional values do not encourage their work and beliefs, it is actually the extensive and powerful forces of commerce and consumerism that conflict most with their ideals but yet provide the most assistance in spreading the word.

The film also examines the issues that are affecting Chinese youth such as identity, freedom, family, information, consumerism, wealth, their parents and individuality. Most importantly the film sets out to describe the high optimism and convictions of this new generation and the future that they want to build.