Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Film Studies

Reader 1

Professor T. Kim-Trang Tran

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Project Shanghai is an experimental short film that addresses the problem of wealth inequality in Shanghai and draws attention to the lives of the lower class. Since the economic reform launched in the last century that brought China unprecedented growth, Shanghai has developed into the financial hub of East Asia and the gateway to mainland China. However, it has also become a city where one can see the extremes of income inequality. Influenced by the Six-Generation Chinese directors and their persistent attention to the marginalized city dwellers, Project Shanghai attempts to advocate the basic human rights for the victims of income inequality. With visual storytelling that illustrates the intimate details, rich textures, and vivid human stories in the city corners below the iconic skyscrapers, the film also addresses other socio-economic problems including geographic disparity and gender inequality.

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