Swiss Filmmaker Explores Chinese Dream

by swisscham in Culture & Society

A Swiss documentary filmmaker whose documentary about a young girl’s coming-of-age in China also investigates the meaning behind a slogan that was adopted this year by the country’s government: the “Chinese dream.” “Reve de Chine,” or “Chinese Dream,” a 2008 film directed by Francois Yang, centers around the experiences of Muriel, a Swiss girl whose life is up-ended when her father moves their family to China. Although it has been roughly five years since the film debuted, it was not until last month that the 35-year-old director brought the film to China, organizing a premiere at the Swiss Embassy in China. The film, while largely focused around Muriel, also takes a look at the “Chinese dream,” a slogan espoused by President Xi Jinping earlier this year that describes his vision of collective prosperity. This vision has been likened to the experiences of those who lived in the American Jazz Age of the 1920s, as modern Chinese are enjoying unprecedented growing wealth.

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