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High Tech, Low Life


We follow two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country – chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution.


  • Huffington Post
    Through an accumulation of closely-observed detail, High Tech, Low Life creates a devastating portrait of life in an authoritarian society.
  • Variety
    A delightful surprise at the Tribeca Film Festival... Dynamic, highly entertaining docu
  • Wired
    It’s impossible not to feel connected with these guys and this movie. Regular people combating online censorship to tell the stories of other regular people may seem a distant topic to many, but the humanity of this story is universal
  • Doc Geeks
    A deeply personal and moving film
  • Time Out
    An engaging study of the disparate characters who are drawn to speak out when the authorities crack the whip.
  • LA Times
    Maing's own camera captures the busy, rich and revealing life around them, with interested openness and visual intelligence.

Festival Participation

  • International Film Festival Boston
    Best Documentary Special Jury Prize
  • Little Rock Film Festival
    Best Documentary - Golden Rock Award
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
    Best Cinematography Award
  • EBS Int’l Documentary Festival, South Korea
    Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary
  • Open City Docs Festival, London, UK
    Emerging International Filmmaker Award,
  • Tribeca Film Festival
    Nominated for Best Documentary
  • True/False Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
  • Milwaukee Film Festival
  • CNEX Film Festival Taiwan

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