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 two engaging screenings and panel discussion in Sydney and Canberra, Australia 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.
Doris Liu 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.
WHEN: SAT 29 June 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Suter Cinema (State Cinemas Nelson)
91 Trafalgar St, Nelson, 7010
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