Award-winning documentary In the Name of Confucius is the first film exposing the growing global controversies surrounding the Chinese government’s multi-billion dollar Confucius Institute (CI)— Featuring the exclusive personal story of a former CI teacher, Sonia Zhao, whose defection and complaint led to the first closure of a CI on a North American campus, and the unprecedented outcry against Canada’s largest school board, the TDSB, over its plan to open the world’s largest CI, the film examines the risks that the Confucius Institutes could pose to our society—a loss of academic integrity, violations to human rights codes, foreign influence, and even potential infringements on national security.
There are Confucius Institutes in 4 New Zealand universities and 30 Confucius Classrooms in New Zealand schools.
In the Name of Confucius has won 10 international awards and nominations, and seen highly successful screenings in America, Canada, United Kingdom, Poland, Taiwan, Spain, South Africa, and Germany. It also had engaging screenings and panel discussion in Australia and New Zealand in 2018.
Audiences described the film as an eye-opener to a hidden truth and a timely reminder of an important issue—how we should deal with the unintended outcomes of our strengthening ties with a rising Communist China, as Beijing spends an estimated $10-billion annually on “external propaganda”, including the Confucius Institute initiative.
“Everyone involved in China policy and education policy should watch.”
– Benedict Rogers, Huffington Post
Doris Liu – Producer, Director, Writer of In the Name of Confucius, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. As a Chinese immigrant, her passion is to tell compelling China stories that are rarely seen, yet essential for the world to understand its relationship with China.
This is a free/koha event, registration on either Eventfinda or Eventbrite is required.
Where: Philip Carter Family Auditorium, Christchurch Art Gallery, Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street, Christchurch
When: Monday 2 December 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The film website: http://inthenameofconfuciusmovie.com/
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