Students Portray Real China with Documentary

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

BRINKWIRE -- Last year, a group of 18 students from the School of Cinema of San Francisco State University (SFSU) made a three-week, life-changing journey to Huizhou of eastern China’s Anhui Province, to shoot a documentary about China with the first-hand information they collected locally, Duffy Wang, a film director and president of San Francisco-based company D3 Productions Inc., told Xinhua in an interview.

Ernie Calderon, one of the eldest member of the student group, said he learned a lot from his China trip, particularly the adaptivity to work with other people and deal with different problems that are going to pop up.

“You are in a foreign land, you don’t know the language, you don’t know the culture, you don’t know the rules. So you have to show the amount of adaptivity to keep your ideas intact while working around many different problems,” he said.

“That’s a very important lesson that I think I’m going to take away from here to the rest of my film career,” said Calderon, who graduated from the SFSU and continued to pursue his master’s and doctoral degrees at University of California, Santa Cruz.