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teacherT

Please help me identify this film!

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teacherT

I teach a class in Chinese history and culture.  I watched a film last year that I thought was very interesting, but I can't remember the title.  It is about a young boy, around 10 or 11 years old, who is sent to stay with his grandfather while his parents go on a trip (which later turns out to be going into hiding for political reasons). Unbeknownst to them, the grandfather has died suddenly, leaving the boy to stay alone in his apartment.  He is befriended by an elderly Jewish man who was a friend of his grandfather, and the story follows their lives, including the boy's great interest in soccer.  Eventually the mother returns, but we learn that the father has been imprisoned or perhaps killed. 

 

It is a very moving and beautiful film, and I would like to find it for my students.

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Dawei3

Sounds like an interesting movie.  Your description makes me want to watch it.  Hence, I hope someone else can post its title.  

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Shelley

Do you know what country it took place in and what language it was in?

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teacherT

It was most certainly China, but I don't remember what city, and it was in a Chinese language with English subtitles.

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Shelley

Ah ok, I was a bit confused because of the Jewish references. It feels familiar but I don't think I have seen it.

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teacherT

Shelley, it was quite a surprise to me also when the old man turned out to be Jewish!

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agewisdom
16 hours ago, teacherT said:

It is a very moving and beautiful film, and I would like to find it for my students.

 

Perhaps if could narrow down to the decade it was made, it would be easier to locate. Made in 1970s? 80's or something more recent?

Or a film that's much older?

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Luxi

It might help to know where did you see this film? 

 

11 hours ago, teacherT said:

it was quite a surprise to me also

 

Sorry I can't help with the film, but can recommend this mooc:

https://www.coursera.org/learn/jews-in-china

 

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teacherT

I'm quite sure it isn't a very old film, although it takes place during a repressive political period - maybe the 60s or 70s

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teacherT

I didn't see it in a theater; probably via Netflix or YouTube.

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