Event Details

WHAT: RASBJ film screening of "The Re-education of Ji Zhihao" followed by QA with director Tian Macleod Ji (online)

WHEN: Jan. 12, 2022 Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00 PM Beijing time

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT:The Re-education of Ji Zhihao tells the story of youth re-education during the Cultural Revolution in China, focusing on a young student from Shanghai who was sent to the Siberian border for nine years of hard labour. Several decades later he returns with his British grandnephew -- Tian Macleod Ji who directed, shot and produced the film -- to revisit his past, treading old ground in search of memories. Building on the work of China's independent filmmakers in exploring subject matter that is often absent from mainstream cinema, this film explores one of the largest social experiments in human history through an intimate and personal lens. It premiered at the Oscar and BAFTA qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival, and was shortlisted for an Inspiration Award at the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Research in Film Awards in 2021.

NOTE: A number of characters in the film speak in Chinese, accompanied by English subtitles. The film is 26 minutes long and will be screened via zoom starting 8:00 PM Beijing time Jan. 12. For higher-quality viewing, attendees may watch the documentary at their leisure before the event via this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/dQPoqZBiFdE and then join the online QA with the director beginning around 8:30 PM Beijing time, Jan. 12.

MEMBERS ONLY: This online event is free and exclusively for members of RASBJ and RAS branches. If you know someone who wants to join the RASBJ to attend this film screening and discussion, please ask them to sign up at https://rasbj.org/membership/ as soon as possible, and then to register for this event.

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: Please click "Register" or "I Will Attend" and follow the instructions. After successful registration you'll receive a confirmation email; if you seem not to have received it, please check your spam folder.


  • Tian Ji

    Tian Ji

    Documentary filmmaker Tian Macleod Ji was raised in Hong Kong and Oxfordshire. At age 16, he made his first film, "A Soldier", about his uncle who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He won Best Documentary at the British Film Institute’s Future Film Festival in 2010. With a stint in Beijing and a BAFTA scholarship to study in Hong Kong under his belt, he directed and shot several acclaimed short films, including "A Way of Life" which was awarded Best Documentary at the London Lift- Off Film Festival in 2015.

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