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Director Yan Ting Yuen links her father’s life history to China’s drastic developments over the last fifty years, in this deeply intimate documentary. Covering everything from The Great Chinese Famine in the fifties to the country embracing Chinese capitalism, the film illustrates how the Chinese relation to both the personal and the global is one of constant tension. Is Yuen’s father — and by extension, Yuen herself — the product of China’s tumultuous history? Or has his life been one of constant struggle as the result of his own questionable life choices?
“Yan Ting Yuen exquisitely manoevres through personal and political narratives in a documentary that makes the complexities of Chinese history all the more tangible.” – Hugo Emmerzael, Filmkrant Editor