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In this award-winning film, filmmaker Deng Wei’s grandfather Zuogui has been blind since the age of three, living most of his life as a fortune teller and raising many children. Now approaching the final chapter of his life, Zuogui lives a life of bitter discontent toward his son (and Wei’s father) Donggu, a businessman who is set on earning the respect not afforded him as a child. Donggu works as a property developer to provide his family with a good life, but when a job-site accident forces him into financial hardship, it prompts a re-examination of his priorities and values—one that may lead the father and son to finally form a bond of respect, perhaps even love. Set against the vast transformation and economic change within contemporary Chinese society, Wei’s quiet fly-on-the-wall cinematography captures the fraught relationship between his father and grandfather as they negotiate past resentments and an uncertain future.

Director's Biography:

Deng Wei is a director and producer.

He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Film and Visual Arts at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

His graduate work, Home, won the “Thousand Miles” Award and Top Prize for Graduate Works and was collected by the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum.

Other works like Kora, Patākā and Waiting for the Wind: Series of Images were shown in the Today Art Museum, 21 Space Art Museum and Coast Gallery Art Museum, Enjoy Art Museum.

The first feature documentary "Father" was nominated by the 2020 Golden Horse Film Festival for Best Documentary and won Feature Documentary Award at 2021 DOXA Documentary Film Festival.
Deng Wei
Deng Wei
Deng Wei
97 Minutes
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