ABOUT THE FILM
A timely exploration into the complex links between the U.S. and China, Vanessa Hope’s documentary feature debut evokes the personal and the international with its accent on diplomacy, activism and individual experience. Interspersed with remarks from journalists and experts, ALL EYES AND EARS interweaves the stories of U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, his adopted Chinese daughter, Gracie Mei, and blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng as they find purpose, identity and resolve amid the two nations’ evolving relationship.
The film follows Huntsman and his family during his tenure as ambassador. As he contends with achieving diplomatic goals in balance with the two countries’ interests in national security and economic growth, teenager Gracie gathers a more intimate understanding of her own cross-cultural identity. Meanwhile, Hope traces Chen Guangcheng’s journey — from being under house arrest to his highly publicized asylum at the U.S. Embassy — highlighting the activist’s thoughts on China’s ambitions as an emergent world power. ALL EYES AND EARS adroitly illuminates the delicate, intersecting layers of history, ideology and politics at play behind current diplomatic maneuvers.
Writer & Director Vanessa Hope
Producers Geralyn White Dreyfous, Carlton Evans, Ted Hope, Vanessa Hope
Executive Producers Jim Swartz, Susan Swartz
Co-Executive Producer Greg Brockman
Co-Producers Cassandra Jabola, Thomas Mai
Associate Producers Joel Blanco, Diana Dougan, Emily Oestricher
Editors Paul Frost, Todd Holmes, Dalan McNabola, Michael Taylor
Cinematographers Magela Crosignani, Laura Hudock, Michael Simmonds
Sound Jen Ralston, Doug Winningham
Music Daron Murphy
Cast Gracie Mei Huntsman, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Chen Guangcheng, Christian Bale, Jimmy Carter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Zhou Enlai, Timothy Geithner, Abby Huntsman, Asha Bharati Huntsman, Jon Huntsman III, Liddy Huntsman, Mary Anne Huntsman
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