High Tech Low Life - Q&A with Zola and the director

High Tech, Low Life
Voertaal: English

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zaterdag 23 maart 2013 - 15:00

Q&A with Zola and director Stephen Maing, led by Jonathan Groubert.


Activist blogger Zhou Shuguang uses a light tone to draw attention to heavy issues plaguing Chinese society. Everything changed in 2008 for the activist blogger, better known under his screen name Zola, portrayed in the documentary High Tech, Low Life Read more about Zola.


Stephen Maing is a New York-based filmmaker and artist. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Independent Television Service. His filmmaking merges an interest in underrepresented individuals and communities, and the evolving considerations of identity, visual language and narrative structure. He co-produced and edited the award-winning documentary Lioness, which had its broadcast premiere on PBS's Independent Lens and directed the narrative film Little Hearts which won a Best Short Film audience award at the Slamdance Film Festival. His recent film High Tech, Low Life received Best Documentary awards at the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Little Rock Film Festival, and Best Cinematography at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Stephen works as a cinematographer, editor and director on documentary and narrative films and teaches summer classes in documentary cinematography at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.


Thomas Poell is assistant professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He studied political science at the University of Amsterdam (NL) and The New School for Social Research (US). In 2007, he defended his PhD-dissertation on the democratization and centralization of the Dutch state during the revolutionary period around 1800. Currently, his research is focused on social media and the transformation of activist communication in different parts of the world.