Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2007 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project School
Category PanStar Fund
Project School
Director Wei TIE
Country China
Director's Profile Wei TIE has written and directed documentaries such as "Pay Day" (2004), "People of Yangzi" (2005) and "Distance" (2006). "Distance" was screened at the th Pusan International Film Festival, 31st Hong Kong Film Festival and th Munchen Film Festival.
School is a very important place where one’s personality is formed. The elementary school education is the key stage to shape one’s personality and temperament. So what role does the traditional culture play at this stage of their lives? This documentary selects students who are in second grade, fourth grade and sixth grade in two elementary schools and mainly captures the children’s behaviors in the classroom.
Director's Note
In a summer day of year 2003, I went to visit my friend. I could see an Elementary School playground from his balcony. The kids were chasing each other at the playground. I was attracted by their energy. The New Cultural revolution has passed for almost a hundred year. And to what degree can a certain traditional culture concept of value affect a country’s growth and change? I have questioned myself many times that what makes the existence of chaos and leanness in our real life. I try to find out the cause through this film. If the people of a country are not treated by the independent and liberal spirit, then the country will need more time and cost to achieve modernization and this has been the reality hundred years ago in China.
2009 Pusan International Film Festival - Wide Angle
Still Cut