NYC PREMIERE China’s top drama academy stages the American musical Fame in the country’s first official collaboration with Broadway. During the eight-month rehearsal, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into China’s corrupt entertainment industry. Part of China’s single-child generation, they must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and negotiate their own paths to the “Chinese dream”.

Screening with Vanessa Hope’s China in Three Words. An exploration of the complexity of modern China as reflected by three key words.

Co-presented with The Trade Commission of Peru in New York & Prom Peru

For other films exploring dreams of making it big, check out WE DON’T WANNA MAKE YOU DANCE and 20 FEET FROM STARDOM.

China in Three Words

Author Yu Hua is one of the only “honest writers to survive in China,” as Ian Johnson recently wrote. This makes him not only a rarity, but also an inspiration. This short documentary takes its cue from an interview with Yu Hua about his latest book, “China in Ten Words,” focusing on words common in the Chinese vernacular, “Leader,” “Revolution,” and “Disparity,” with a fourth bonus word, “Bamboozle,” thrown in with a wink to its meaning. Each word is illustrated with a personal story and insightful, witty analysis of the breakneck social and economic change happening in China today.

Director: Vanessa Hope; Producer: Vanessa Hope; Cinematographer: Magela Crosignani; Editor: Paul Frost; Music: Daron Murphy


Director: HAO WU
Producer: Hao Wu & Changying Liu
Cinematographer: Kai P. Yang & Hao Wu
Editor: Jean Tsien, A.C.E. & Hao Wu
Music: APM Music & Andrew Kim
Language: Chinese & English
Country: China