POV: High Tech, Low Life
Monday, July 22 at 10:00 p.m.
Trail two of China’s first citizen-reporters as they document the underside of rapid development.
A search for truth and fame inspires young vegetable seller “Zola” to report on censored news stories from the cities, while retired businessman “Tiger Temple” makes sense of the past by chronicling the struggles of rural villagers.
Land grabs, pollution, rising poverty, local corruption and the growing willingness of ordinary people to speak out are grist for these two bloggers who navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and challenge the boundaries of free speech.
Pictured above: Zola reports on location in Changsha.
At right: Tiger Temple films in the countryside of Inner Mongolia, China.