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Confucian Dream

Director - Mijie Li
Run Time - 82 minutes
Language - Mandarin w/ English subtitles
Format - Digital
Year - 2019
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Asia, China, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Studies, Education, Family Relations, New Releases, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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Filmmaker Mijie Li's first feature (she co-produced Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's American Factory), Confucian Dream is an observational documentary about a Chinese woman's embrace of the ancient philosophy of Confucianism and how it affects her family.

Chaoyan, a young wife and mother, believes the ancient teachings of Confucianism will restore balance, respect and morality to her home. She involves her four-year-old son in the rigorous routine of chanting daily mantras. Little Chen may not yet understand the recitations' meanings, but mom is confident she's planting a seed for the future.

Chaoyan's husband finds the daily practice excessive, and indeed many Chinese people today criticize it as feudalistic, conservative, and counter-revolutionary. While Confucianism's primary purpose is to instill peace and harmony, the opposite occurs between Chaoyan and her husband as their beliefs clash and their arguments escalate, bringing forth a gripping portrait of marital and parental crisis.

Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
WINNER: Special Jury Prize - Documentary Competition, Antenna Documentary Film Festival
WINNER: Independent Spirit Award, Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival
WINNER: Grand Prix China Screen d'Or, Les Écrans de Chine