SXSW Special Jury Award Winner, Independent Film Festival of Boston Special Jury Award Winner, New Hampshire Film Festival Audience Choice Award Winner, VIFF, Maryland Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival


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WINNER - SXSW - Special Jury Award for Excellence in Observational Cinema
WINNER - Independent Film Festival of Boston - Special Jury Award
WINNER - New Hampshire Film Festival - Audience Choice Award


Educational Resources


++ Please fill out this form to host a screening: host a screening
++ Click to download: Maineland Classroom Discussion Guide

“★★ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. VERDICT A celebration of similarities, this program would be an excellent addition to any academic library featuring sociology, Chinese/Mandarin-language, or education studies.”
– Jason L. Steagall, Library Journal

“YA/General Interest: Opens the door for discussions about cultural differences, academics, and self-discovery as seen through the experiences of two Chinese students in a U.S. boarding school.”
– Carol Holzberg, Booklist

“Absorbing and visually extraordinary”
– Mark Walsh, Education Week



+ Does studying abroad necessarily guarantee a better life?
+ How does an overseas perspective change a new generation of Chinese and the culture of the American schools that host them?
+ What is the lasting impact of overseas education on the future of China and the world?


MAINELAND is an excellent learning tool for:

Admissions / Development / Guidance Counseling / Teacher Training

International Relations / U.S.-China Relations / Cross-Cultural Relations Family Dynamics / Mental Health

Anthropology / Asian Studies / Chinese Language / Humanities / ESL Programs

Filmmaking and Media / Documentary Filmmaking / Journalism


Maineland has been acquired and screened at over 100 boarding schools, universities, conferences, and counting... The feedback we’ve received from the many, many schools that are showing the film is that it not only validates the Chinese student’s experience, it also creates awareness and empathy from the American students. Our classroom discussion guide is designed to bring out those invaluable conversations.

If you are interested in hosting a larger screening and interested in bringing the director, Miao Wang, to the school, please contact us. Miao adores speaking to young people as she herself was a Chinese student coming to the U.S. under similar conditions as the subjects in the film. She’s funny, honest and great at engaging students (not just a talking head!). When she comes out to a school, she also spends time with faculty, individual classrooms or student groups as well as facilitating a Q and A after the film.

★ New York Times Critic's Pick ★ “Astute and Absorbing”
– A. O. Scott, The New York Times

“A quiet marvel”
– Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker

“An eye-opening cultural commentary”

“A visual marvel... Revealing perceptive truths”
Hammer to Nail

Recommended – EMRO


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