Non SCA Events - Glasgow

CCA: Glasgow Film Festival

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD


Mon 2 March 2020 . 6.15pm-7.45pm, and Tue 3 March 4pm


Confucian Dream

Director Mijie Li

Running Time 1h27m

Certificate N/C 15+

Country USA / China

Year of Production 2019

Language Mandarin with English subtitles

  • Every parent wants to do what is best for their child. In China, 34 year-old Chaoyan sets her son a strictly regimented timetable of school work and chores. ‘Little lazy bear’ Chen would rather play with his toys. She also wants to raise the boy with the moral foundations found in the study of Confucian writings. Her easygoing husband Mei does not approve. A difference of opinion builds into a clash of values. Mijie Li’s sensitively observed documentary draws you into the intimate family circle for a poignant portrait of a family torn apart by the desire for very different things.

    Tickets from GFT


Thu 12 March 2020. 11am - 1pm, Free (unticketed), 18+ / F-rated

The Barefoot Doctors of Rural China

  • (Diane Li, 1975), 52 min.

    Diane Li had always dreamed of making a film about China. In the summer of 1973 she got her chance.

    As a graduate student in communication at the University of Stanford, she was permitted for five weeks to visit the People’s Republic of China with her husband, a professor of Chinese law at Stanford, and a team of medical experts. Together they investigated and documented the training and work of China’s peasant paramedicals, the ‘barefoot doctors’.

    One of the first films about China made by an American of Chinese descent, Li’s documentary provides a rare glimpse of village life in the PRC at a time when Cold War tensions were easing between the United States and China.


    Presented by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) in solidarity with the UCU strike.