Sponsored Project

Americaville

Director:
Adam James Smith
Producers:
Adam James Smith, Zhang Qi, Wang Qihan

Hidden among mountains – seemingly far from the crowds, pollution, and bureaucracy of Beijing - a replica of the Wyoming town of Jackson Hole promises to provide “an American utopia of freedom, happiness, and prosperity” to its 4000 Chinese residents. In Americaville, we spend an eventful two years in Jackson Hole with characters who set out to live their interpretation of the American dream, only to find it fraught with unexpected complications. After widespread criticism from the Chinese media and feeling pressure from new breeds of nationalism radiating out from both the Chinese and American governments, the community becomes split between those who cling to the American dream and those who seek to reclaim their Chinese national identity within this idyll.

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