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'The Road To Fame' examines China's first official collaboration with Broadway

The Road To Fame
The Road To Fame
Still from The Road To Fame / CAAMFEST

"The Road To Fame" is a documentary about a new generation of students from China’s prestigious Central Academy of Drama, born after the 1979 One-Child Policy, pursuing stardom in the country’s lucrative film industry.

CAAMFEST will present an encore screening of the film at New People Cinema on Friday, March 21 at 9:00 pm.

In "The Road To Fame," director Hao Wu ("Bejing or Bust") documents a senior class, overseen by an American director, competing for roles in a production of the 1980s musical “Fame.”

Wu’s look at China’s first official collaboration with Broadway is, on one level, an examination of cultures colliding as well as a candid look at these students’ wildly divergent economic situations, family pressures and job anxieties, revealing the flip side of China’s new reality.

Chen Lei, the daughter of manual laborers, struggles to make ends meet. Meanwhile, Zhang Xiao’s father is a music industry insider who helps his son get ahead.

The American instructor, Jasper, observes that it’s not your performance but who you know that determines your part in a production in the US. Despite the differences, in China, that is often just as true.

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