Education, Education

As China's higher education system becomes more privatized, a new generation of Chinese youth are losing access to it.

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Global Voices
Premiere Date
November 28, 2012
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects

Weijun Chen

Weijun Chen is a documentary director and producer living in Wuhan, central China. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Sichuan University in 1992, he joined the documentary production department of the Wuhan regional television station. Chen’s first film, My Life Is My Philosophy, was nominated for the best documentary of the year by the Show more Chinese National Association of Broadcasters. In 2003, he completed To Live Is Better Than To Die, which was awarded Peabody and Grierson awards, as well at the Rodlf Vrfba Award from the One World Festival. Show less

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Don Edkins

Don Edkins is a documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. With an academic background in Development Studies and African languages, he has extensive work experience in the field of media and development. He produced the multi-awarded Steps for the Future (2001/4), a collection of 38 films from Southern Africa about life in the Show more time of HIV/AIDS. He was executive producer for the STEPS global documentary project Why Democracy? of 10 longform documentaries and 17 short films, screened by 48 broadcasters in 180 countries. With more than 30 international awards for the films, including an Oscar, two Peabodys, and a Grierson, the films are now being distributed worldwide for educational outreach. He is coauthor of a book about documentary filmmaking, training and outreach published by Jacana Media: STEPS by STEPS. Don is director of Steps International, and executive producer of the new STEPS project Why Poverty? Show less

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The Film

In China, education is considered the only way out of poverty. But as the nation’s higher education system has largely been privatized by for-profit companies, the future for millions of students is bleak. College is less accessible to Chinese youth than ever before, and without it, they are often shut out of well-paid employment opportunities. What will it mean for coming generations and the future of the nation?