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Please Vote for Me

posted by Nell Minow

There is no better way to make elections real to kids than this award-winning documentary about the first-ever election in a third-grade classroom in China. In Please Vote for Me , the children are completely unfamiliar with even the concept of a genuine election and their parents and teachers don’t know much more. The office at stake is class monitor and the campaigns are as cutthroat, heart-felt, and heart-breaking as any election anywhere. Though its subtitles make it unsuitable for the youngest children, it is an outstanding introduction to the benefits and costs of democracy and a great way to start a conversation about what we look for in the people who deserve our votes.

  • Joanne Brokaw

    Nell, I saw this when it was on Independent Lens or something, and I was riveted every minute – even though the entire thing was in Chinese. Great film to highlight!
    All the best
    Joanne Brokaw
    Gospel Soundcheck blog

  • Mika

    Great film! Such an interesting microcosm of democracy all around the world. I found that it is actually part of a documentary series called “Why Democracy?” ( There are some other fantastic films about democracy in the series.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Joanne! I am a fan of your blog and it is an honor to have your support for this wonderful film.
    And thanks, Mika! I did not know it was part of a series and look forward to checking out the other films. I have an upcoming post on ten great documentaries about elections, so stay tuned.

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