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We are the…of Communism

Cui Zien

Release year: 2007

Run time: 94 min

Film type: Fiction


The Yuanhai Migrant Children’s School is suddenly closed for no reason. Students are forced to leave the school. Those who continue to study have classes in old factory buildings. When winter comes, students in their first and second years must study in a small van. The older ones go to the teacher's small flat to have lessons. In the cold weather, the children still gather together happily; the school is like heaven to them.


Director biography

Cui Zi’en (born Heilongjiang, 1958) is a film director, essayist, and novelist. He became known in the 1990s as an outspoken queer activist. He is known as an avant-garde underground director in China. His notable films about homosexuality include the documentary Queer China, Comrade China (2009), which deals with changes in Chinese LGBT culture over the last 30 years. He has written books on theory and criticism as well as publishing nine novels in China and Hong Kong, one of which, Uncle’s Past, won the 2001 Radio Literature Award in Germany. He also taught at the Beijing Film Academy.