Archive of films Confucian Dream / Kongzi meng
2019, 85 min
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
In rapidly developing China, the educational system is geared toward producing competitive and productive workers, but not all parents want to teach their children to devote their life to work. Confucian Dream is the story of a mother looking for the right kind of alternative child-rearing that will take into account her son’s moral development.
In rapidly developing China, the educational system is geared toward producing competitive and productive workers, but not all parents want to teach their children to devote their life to work. Chaoyan, who graduated in a technical field, finds the answer to her inner emptiness in the study of Confucian writings. She wants to impart the moral foundations of this traditional philosophical school to her young son Chen. Debut director Mijie Li captures the change in atmosphere at home that results from Chaoyan’s alternative child-rearing, giving viewers a unique opportunity to observe an individual’s struggle for his own identity, so forcefully suppressed by the social system.
About the director
Mijie Li (Hunan, China). Filmography: The Dream of My Grandfather (2010, short), Shanghai Mother (2011, short), Small Potato (2011, short), Hollywood Bob (2013, short), Walking into Tradition (2017, short), Organizing Happiness (2018, short), Confucian Dream (Kongzi meng, 2019)
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Mijie Li|
|Editor:||Evita YuePu Zhou, Mijie Li|
|Producer:||Betsy Tsai, Jeff Reichert, Violet Feng|
|Production:||Soul Wish Films|
|Coproduction:||Fish + Bear Pictures|