Documentary Exposes the Hidden Truth Behind Confucius Institutes

In the Name of Confucius is a gripping documentary by Canadian-based producer, writer, and director Doris Liu. The one hour-long investigative documentary questions “What is the purpose and political influence of Chinese-funded Confucius Institute programs?” that are popping up all around the world.

There were 512 Confucius Institutes (CI) and 1073 Confucius Classrooms by 2016. (Image via Films Website)

There were 512 Confucius Institutes (CI) and 1073 Confucius Classrooms  around the world by 2016. (Image via Films Website)

Synopsis from In the Name of Confucius website:

Confrontation between the pro- and anti- Confucius Institute demonstrators escalates at the Toronto District School Board. (Image via Films Website)

Confrontation between the pro- and anti-Confucius Institute demonstrators escalated at the Toronto District School Board. (Image via Films Website)

Teachers in the Confucius Institute are trained to avoid topics censored in China. So if questions about the Tiananmen Square massacre come up, the teacher might deflect and talk about the beautiful architecture there instead.

Professors who work at the university, but have nothing to do with the program, are pressured to support or censor themselves; otherwise, the university’s funding may be taken away.

Former CI teacher Sonia Zhao protests the Confucius Institute at the Toronto District School Board. (Image via Films website)

Former CI teacher Sonia Zhao protests against the Confucius Institute at the Toronto District School Board. (Image via In the Name of Confucius Movie YouTube/Screenshot)

The film shows a re-enactment of Sonia Zhao’s story, played by Canadian beauty-pageant title holder and activist Anastasia Lin. Zhao was a former Mandarin teacher at a Confucius Institute and a Falun Dafa practitioner. She exposed secrets about the school’s practices that led to the shutdown of a Confucius Institute in North America.

We also see scenes of the public protest at the Toronto District School Board involving those for and against the Confucius Institute.

Here are some reviews of the film:

David Kilgour, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Former Lawyer, Canadian Member of Parliament:

Urgyen Badheytsang, Campaigns Director, Students for a Free Tibet:

Here is some information from the film’s website about the filmmaker, Doris Liu:

For screenings and more information, visit the In the Name of Confucius website.

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