The Confucius Institute (CI) initiative is a multi-billion dollar Chinese language program found in over 1,500 universities and schools across the world. As new Institutes open at a rate of one every week or two, a global controversy grows at academic institutions around the world as scholars, parents and others question the program’s political influence and purpose.
When Canada’s largest school board is slated to open the world’s largest Confucius Institute, the school trustees find themselves embroiled in this controversy. Joined by a former instructor, hundreds of disgruntled parents launch a campaign to have the institute closed and are confronted by supporters.
Ottawa Indie Fest spoke with Liu about the challenges she faced in making the film which has its Ottawa premiere at the One World Film Festival on Saturday September 30, 2017. You can read that interview here.
Make sure to join us at 3:30PM today for this special one-time-only screening of In the Name of Confucius and post-film Q&A with the director, international security expert Michel Juneau-Katsuya and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and author David Kilgour at the 28th Annual One World Film Festival.