The Road to Fame tells a unique story of coming-of-age with Chinese characteristics. The film chronicles the staging of the American musical Fame-China's first official collaboration with Broadway-by the senior class at China's top drama academy as their graduation showcase. During the eight-month process, five students compete for roles, struggle with pressure from family and authority, and prepare to graduate into a cutthroat and corrupt show business. Part of China's Single-Child generation, they were spoiled growing up but are now obliged to carry on the failed dreams of their parents. They must confront complex social realities and their own anxieties, and, in the process of staging Fame, negotiate their own definitions of and paths to success in today's China.
A Tibetan widow forges an unusual partnership with a foreign journalist to confront her violent father-in-law over for his refusing to school her son.
Six diverse Chinese Americans who, for a variety of reasons, decided to leave jobs, homes, and families in the US and make Beijing their home.
TripodMedia aims to bring the complex human stories in China to the international audience. China's rapid rise has attracted great interest and media attention all over the world. Some of the media portrayal of China, however, still dwells on the binary mode of China versus the West. We believe that this preference for conflict/contradiction narrative is doing us a disservice in understanding and engaging with China. At TripodMedia, we focus on making character-driven documentary films that are both emotionally appealing and intellectually challenging in their critical examination of the complexity of modern-day China.
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