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A Young Patriot

Du Haibin

2015 / 106 minutes / Production : 24 images, Cnex (China)

"A Young Patriot" examines the concept and practice of patriotism among youngsters in China born after 1989, those who have not had their hopes raised by the fall of the Communist bloc or experienced the events of Tiananmen Square.

In China, are the sentiments expressed and manifested by the younger generation - those born in the 90’s - an evidence of a passionate patriotism or a dangerous nationalism?
Through the story of a fervent admirer of Chairman Mao, Zhao Chatong and by observing the modest daily life of his family members, "A Young Patriot" explores the notion of national pride, brings to light the paradoxes of educational propaganda and shows how the Chinese youth define their own values ​​in order find a place in the complex and confusing world around them. Director Du Haibin follows the young Zhao Chatong in his passage into adulthood. Zhao first perceives the reality around him without questioning the merits of educational propaganda. But his entrance into University allows him to nurture his free-will. It is at this point that certain events affecting his family ignite his patriotic fervour.

Teaser : https://vimeo.com/127835093

Theatrical release : France (June 2017), visa n° 145946

  • Selection :
    • Hong Kong International Film Festival, China (World Premiere)
    • Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK (International Premiere)
    • Documentary Competition, Moscow International Film Festival, Russia
    • International Competition, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan
    • Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
    • Adelaide Film Festival, Australia
    • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
    • Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
    • IDFA Amsterdam 2015, Netherlands
  • Awards :
    • Jury Prize / Hong Kong International Film Festival