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My Father’s House

Zhao Dayong

Release year: 2011

Run time: 77 mins

Film type: Documentary

Synopsis

Here, whether they are African or Chinese, all are joined in the struggle to find a home where they are free to live and follow their own beliefs. My Father's House tells the story of the underground church established by Nigerian missionary Daniel Michael Enyeribe in 1997, exploring the thriving African community in China. After conflicts with the local authorities in Guangzhou following the growth of his church membership, Pastor Daniel was denied residency in China and forced to seek refuge in nearby Hong Kong. Pastor Daniel continues to remotely manage his church in Guangzhou, but the day-to-day operations in China are undertaken by Pastor Ignatius Uwah and his Chinese wife Xiao Yi. Faced with ongoing government pressure, they strive to keep their family and church united. Seeing an increasing concentration of Africans in the urban slums of Guangzhou, we realize that there is a larger story to be told here. Typical news reports about the local African population focus on short-term businessmen coming to China to purchase inventory and quickly return to Nigeria, Ghana, or Cameroon. However, we also see families with young children. How do they live here? What beliefs do they bring with them? How are they influencing the face of China?

 

Director biography

Zhao Dayong currently resides in New York. In his early years, he was involved in painting and later transitioned to become an advertising director in the late 1990s. In 2004, he started his independent film journey, directing both documentaries and fictions. In 2007, he released his first documentary, "Street Life," followed by the documentary "Glost Town" in 2008, and "My Father's House" in 2010. In the same year, he directed the narrative film "High Life," an experimental short film titled "Rough Poetry," and the 2014 fiction "Shadow Days." In 2018, he directed "One Says No." His works have been selected multiple times for international film festivals and have received international acclaim.