Reviews and Festivals
"Highly Recommended. It's a highly entertaining and illuminating documentary and will be of broad general interest as well as specific to those interested in Chinese Studies, American Studies, and anthropology."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"Captivating documentary...an intriguing and intimate exploration of how this group of people pursue happiness while grappling with some dire consequences of China's fervid urbanization...Americaville has succeeded in diving beneath that surface and unveiling some of the personal struggles experienced by the well-to-do. As such, Americaville contributes to a more nuanced understanding of urban China by tracing the urbanites' movement to the countryside...[Social stratification worsened by economic inequality] is laced into the main storyline in a skillful and subtle way that while it seems to be lurking in the background, it forms the ineluctable mirror image of the rich, and thus enhances our understanding of their distinct and yet interlinked life worlds."
— Darcy Pan, Stockholm University, Anthropology Book Forum
"Provides amazing insight not only into the way other cultures view life in the United States but also shines a spotlight on many aspects of life in China"
— Abby Farer-Haydon, studentfilmreviews.org
"Tells the story of an America overseas — an America according to China"
— The Center
ArchFilmLund, Best Feature Documentary
SF Doc Fest
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Salem Film Festival
Copenhagen Architecture Festival
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam
US-China Institute and East Asian Studies Center, University of Southern California
Long Institute at the University of California – Irvine
Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California
Jackson Hole for the Arts presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council
Center of the AmericanWest at the University of Colorado