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Man Zou to premiere on local PBS affiliate KCTS 9

Hi everyone,

We are proud to announce the official television premiere of Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai on Northwest PBS affiliate KCTS 9 as part of the Reel NW series this winter. We have edited a new and improved 86-minute cut of the movie (if you attended our screenings in Seattle or Portland, it was 102 minutes then) and we are very excited to finally get the opportunity to share our adventure with a broader audience.

It will air at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2.  Following its television premiere on KCTS 9, the full movie will be available to view on-demand for one week through local cable providers and online for one month via More details to come in the upcoming months.

The Bicycle Film Festival also recently announced that our new feature documentary, Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai was selected for the Seattle stop of the worldwide festival. The film screens THIS SUNDAY, Oct 10 at 5:00pm at Western Bridge (3412 4th Ave South). This is the film’s official festival premiere and a good chance to check out the new 86-minute cut on the big screen before its upcoming television premiere.

WHAT: Bicycle Film Fest Seattle – “Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai”
WHEN: 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10
WHERE: Western Bridge (3412 4th Ave South)
TICKETS: $10 at

Click on this link to visit our newsletter for more info about both the television and festival premieres

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Man Zou is a common phrase in Mandarin. It is more of a philosophy than anything. Man Zou literally translates to "Walk Slow."

"Slow and steady wins the race," they say. This is at the heart of the meaning of Man Zou. Walk slowly and you won't fall. Act carefully and you won't go wrong. A slow walker is faster than someone who walks fast but always has to stop and rest. Persistence is important in learning or doing anything.

To explain a little more in depth, read this quote from The Challenge of Trekking in China by Kyle Acierno:

"I recently underwent the most thorny, intricate, and demanding trek of my life. China is no walk in the park. The county is extremely diverse, and with diversity comes complexity. There is no smooth road laid for backpackers and attempting to do anything or get anywhere can be incredibly arduous...I really needed a break and I didn't know where I would be next. I sat down to a plate of rice noodles and peanuts. A hardy meal for a hardy man. A giant of a woman served me, but with her giant body came a giant heart. With a quick phrase that I have become accustomed to, she filled me with self-assurance that I needed for the rest of my trip. ?Man Zou!? she shouted with a big smile on her face. This literally translates to ?Walk Slow?. To me this means more then just ?be careful.? To me this means take the time to see the wonders of life. The power it gave me changed the rest of my trip. From then on everything went smoothly...I learned a lot from this Trek. I learned the beauty that exists just off the beaten track. I learned that anything amazing takes time. I learned just how much you could learn from people without even using language...By taking the time to notice all the small things in life you can really appreciate who, where, and what you are. Patience, persistence, and practice makes perfect."