© Glorious Wisdom | Canada | 2019 | 52min | Documentary
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“In the Name of Confucius” is the first documentary film exposing the growing global controversies surrounding the Chinese government’s multi-billion dollar Confucius Institute (CI), a Chinese language program attaching to over 1,600 foreign universities and schools around the world.
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 Confucius Institutes could pose to our society—loss of academic integrity, violations to human rights codes, foreign influence, and even potential infringements on national security.
“In the Name of Confucius” has won a number of international awards and nominations, and seen successful screenings in 15 countries across 5 continents as of 2019, including screenings in the parliaments of the United Kingdom, Australia, and Denmark, and on university campuses such as Harvard.