Directed by Vanessa Hope
Directed by Vanessa Hope
Interesting subject matter that all makes sense but the various storylines get kind of muddled and there is not much depth or emotion to any of them. The interviews were terribly shot and colored which took me out of what they were saying. Too many talking heads.
Presents the complex and fragile relationship between the US and China with a look at three intertwining lives. There is a deep respect for the culture, while scrutinizing the continual violation of basic human rights. Very timely, reminding that love for one’s country does not explicitly means a love for the policies and politics.
Documentaries on single topics are primers at best. The length forbids any kind of depth and restricts nuance. Vanessa Hope's All Eyes And Ears has the single topic of US-China relations and how they effect the Chinese populace. Filtered through the lenses of Republican Senator Huntsman and his adopted daughter, and Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, Hope tries painting an all-encompassing portrait but gets confused in focus.
Huntsman was Obama's first ambassador to China, so Hope followed him and his family around China. But then there's abortion and adoption, and that's where Guangcheng comes in. And then income inequality. But then more Huntsman, then Tibet, then then then. It's very confused, and very brief, and never has an encompassing statement more than Diplomacy is Complicated.
Vanessa Hope’s documentary examination of relations between the US and China is suitably complicated and ambitious, though sometimes at the cost of narrative clarity. Its fatal flaw is attempting to tell the story via two different lenses: that of Jon Huntsman’s time spent there as American ambassador (with his Chinese-born daughter, and the film’s eventual narrator, in tow), and that of activist and self-trained lawyer Chen Guancheng. But Chen comes off as something of an afterthought, so thoroughly is the time and access in favor of the Huntsmans; you wish Hope would have just told one story or the other. That said, there’s plenty to chew on here, and it’s not the total love letter to Huntsman that you might expect. It’s a fine introduction to the issues, but just an introduction.
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