- Script Development Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
2016 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
Hidden among mountains, seemingly far from the crowds, pollution and bureaucracy of Beijing, a replica of the Wyoming town of Jackson Hole promises to provide “an American utopia of freedom, happiness and prosperity” to its 4,000 Chinese residents. In Americaville, we spend an eventful year in Jackson Hole with characters who set out to live their interpretation of the American dream, only to find it fraught with unexpected complications. After widespread criticism from the Chinese media and feeling pressure from a new breed of government-led nationalism, the community becomes split between those who cling to the American dream and those who seek to reclaim their Chinese national identity within this idyll.
As well as providing a unique look into one of China’s strangest contemporary phenomena, the move to create replica communities inspired by Hollywood films, Americaville highlights the country’s clash of globalizing and nationalistic forces and what it means to be Chinese caught between the two. The film also holds themes familiar to all of us, especially the search for meaning, identity, freedom, and happiness, and sometimes how reality can puncture our dreams.
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