One way home

By Qingzi Fan

What is the cost of a free government-sponsored education? Tibetan children, Tashi and YuJu were chosen to study in Mainland China joining thousands of Tibetan kids in the boarding schools for only Tibetans. These boarding schools prepare them to return to Tibet as China’s new elite, but the “first class” education comes with a deep loss of identity, language and culture.

回家的路

一群来自西藏的学生,自幼离开家乡,远离父母,前往中国内地接受汉语教育。繁华的都市生活和免费的精英教育让其中的很多孩子慢慢淡忘了自己的民族文化和语言,渐渐远离了祖祖辈辈的信仰。

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Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

Qingzi Fan

Composer

Lillie Rebecca McDonough

www.lillierebecca.com

Special Thanks to

Shanghai Gong Kang Middle School, Marcia Rock, NYU NewsDoc faculty and all my NewsDoc 2016 families

CAST

YuJu, Tashi, Liu Zong, Yiting Wong, YuJu’s mother, YuJu’s grandfather, Tashi’s mother, Tashi’s father

Director Statement

I was born and raised in China. When I was younger, I had the opportunities to travel outside the country and when I was traveling, I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the western media coverage about Chinese issues were a lot different from what I was told in China. Tibet-China relationship is one of those issues. Later on, after I went to college, I had the chance to travel to Tibet and really immersed myself into the local community. I started to know the Tibetans that are currently living in the Tibetan Plateau and made friends with a few Tibetans in my college in Shanghai. Through one of them, I found out the policy that selects the brightest Tibetan students and lets them study in Mainland China for almost a decade. It was a mind-blowing moment for me, because the policy has been going on for over 30 years, and I had no idea it existed. 

ONE WAY HOME brings about a conversation on what’s going on with the young Tibetans who are living in the plateau and Mainland China. For many reasons, we barely hear their voices from western media. As a Chinese filmmaker, I want to give a voice to these kids, who choose to live thousands of miles away from home, who though miss their family and hometown still embark on a tough journey, a journey leading to a brighter future.

 


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