A Young Patriot

China may have embraced capitalism, but that doesn’t mean Maoism has vanished. In A Young Patriot, we get an eye-opening take on China’s millennial generation through the perspective of an idealistic and likable young man named Zhao Chantong, who feels a special kinship to Mao’s legacy. Starting when Zhao is nineteen years old, the film follows him for five years as he passes through the crucibles of young adulthood — finding a purpose, making friends, seeking employment — against the backdrop of China’s shifting ideologies.

Meet the director Du Haibin after the screening at Filmstaden Söder 10 on March 9.