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Journey to the West
A film by Jill Coulon
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Six countries in 10 days! A group of Chinese tourists visit Europe for the very first time traveling by bus at whirlwind speed. More and more Chinese tourists visit Europe every day. What do they seek? What is their mental picture of Europe before their journey starts? What are their thoughts when they discover it? This documentary road movie captures with humor and spirit the cultural differences between China and the West in a play of mirrors and contrasts. It also destroys the stereotypes about the emerging Chinese middle class and offers insight and a new perspective of "us" versus "them".

"Well-paced and funny; the film subtly reflects not only its Chinese protagonists but the Westerners around them."GB Times

Quebec Ethnographic Film Festival, Canada
Zagrebdox Documentary Film Festival, Croatia
MiradasDoc Documentary Film Festival, Spain
Clermont-Ferrand Traces de Vies Film Festival, France
International Festival of Asian Film, Switzerland
Namur International French Festival, Belgium
Amsterdam International Documentary Festival (IDFA), The Netherlands

56 minutes / color
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2015

Subject areas:
Asia, China, Cultural Anthropology, France, Geography, Globalization, Racism, Streaming only

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