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AsiaLens: AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series at the Spurlock Museum: Americaville

A film by Adam James Smith.
2020 / 80 minutes

In-person screening and conversation with filmmaker Adam James Smith

“Americaville” is a feature documentary on living the American dream in China's Wild West. Hidden among the mountains north of Beijing, a Wild West themed community promises to deliver the American dream to its several thousand Chinese residents. In Americaville, Annie Liu escapes China’s increasingly uninhabitable capital city to pursue happiness, freedom, romance, and spiritual fulfillment in the town; only to find the American idyll harder to attain than what was promised to her.

AsiaLENS Film Series

AsiaLENS is a film screening and discussion series offering campus and community audiences an opportunity to view documentary and independent film on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.

AsiaLENS screenings are funded in part by the Spurlock Museum's Y.T. Lo and S. de Mundo Lo Scholar's Studio Endowment and B.A. Knight Endowment.

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