A Young Patriot

Dir: Haibin Du
Cast: Changtong Zhao
105mins   2017   China   no rating   Mandarin    Subtitled   

Chinese Visual Festival introduced by Jingjing Xie

This latest work from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Du Haibin explores passionate patriotism in Chinese youths born after 1990. We are introduced to protagonist Xiao Zhao, as a 19-year-old boy waving a Chinese flag and shouting the slogan “Long live China! Go China!” on the street of Pingyao ancient town in Shanxi province. The film follows him through to his experiences as a college student in the Sichuan capital of Chengdu, and as a volunteer teaching in Liangshan Yi autonomous region. The camera records the emotional and ideological changes Xiao Zhao undergoes during this five-year period, while at the same time capturing the restlessness and disturbances in Chinese society as it is transformed by modernisation and the supposed ‘economic miracle’. Du Haibin intersperses Xiao Zhao’s story with footage from patriotic education and nationalistic events in cities across China, questioning what patriotism is, the reasons for its growth, its dangers and future. The result is one of the most thought-provoking and challenging films about Chinese society in recent memory, by turns alarming, critical and even comedic, though never losing sight of the humanity of its protagonist.

Winner – Jury Prize, 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival 2015

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Depot Supper Club


Wed 22 January