• Event Time 7:00 pm
  • Event Start Date 05/19/2016
  • Event Location Emerson Crawford Theater


The Bozeman Doc Series presents award-winning Bozeman filmmaker Jason Burlage’s new documentary, The Middle Kingdom.

An immersive documentary filmed in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Shanghai, The Middle Kingdom is a whirlwind view of the struggle for happiness in one of the world’s largest cities.

In the space of roughly twenty years, Zhudi Town has been transformed from a small farming village in the countryside near Shanghai to a bustling part of the city itself. Thousands of migrant workers have flooded the neighborhood’s streets in search of a new life, and the locals have been forced to sell their farmlands and fashion new lives as well. The film is a portrait of a neighborhood in transition filled with people in transition.

At the center of the film is Mr. Che, a highly respected fortune-teller in the community. As they struggle to find their way in the new China, the people of Zhudi come to Mr. Che to reveal their fears and desires and to seek guidance. Bankers and housewives, rich and poor, young and old look to Mr. Che for a glimpse into their futures.

Through the juxtaposition of the real daily lives of the people of the community of Zhudi and the inner lives they reveal to Mr. Che, The Middle Kingdom paints a complex portrait of modern Chinese society.

Tickets are available at Cactus Records, Movie Lovers, at the door, and online at www.bozemandocseries.org

Ticket cost: $10.00, $8 for students.