I Am Another You

A unflinching look at a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness.

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Nanfu Wang

Nanfu Wang is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Her latest feature documentary I Am Another You premieres at SXSW 2017 in the documentary feature competition. Her feature debut Hooligan Sparrow was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for best documentary feature. Wang was honored by the International Documentary Association with Show more the 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Award. Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education and went on to earn three master’s degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University, and New York University in English Literature, Media Studies, and Documentary respectively. Show less

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The Film

When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first arrives in America, Florida seems like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society's rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom — and its limits.

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