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  • Summary: The film tracks the journey of two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel the country – chronicling under reported news and social issues stories. Clad with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution. The film follows 57-year-old Tiger Temple, who earns the title of China’s first citizen reporter after he impulsively documents an unfolding murder and 27-year-old “Zola” who recognizes the opportunity to increase his fame and future prospects by reporting on sensitive news throughout China. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Apr 4, 2013
    63
    High Tech, Low Life has a nice easy rhythm. It feels neither hurried nor emphatic. There’s no narration. Zola and Tiger do most of the talking.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 8, 2013
    60
    Whatever their orientation, both men are intrepid in pursuing the truth, the consequences of which are made clear in a series of terrifying late-film crackdowns.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jan 9, 2013
    60
    An engaging study of the disparate characters who are drawn to speak out when the authorities crack the whip.
  4. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jan 7, 2013
    50
    As far as its subject matter goes, the documentary only scratches the surfaces, only reaffirming the simple idea that Internet censorship in China is prevalent and unfair.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 10, 2013
    50
    The result is a narrow, albeit intriguing window into a technological revolt that deserves a more far-reaching film than this one.