The Silk and the Flame

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The Silk and the Flame (Fei'e Pu Huo)

Directed by Jordan Schiele

  • USA 2018; 87 min
  • Original version: Mandarin, English
  • Genre: Documentary

Synopsis

Unmarried Yao travels from Beijing to his village to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the most important family event in the country. The money he earns in the big city provides not only for his old parents but also his siblings and their children, who take it for granted that they should live off his regular payments as well. His mother, who has been deaf since childhood, looks after his care-dependent father. The latter desperately wants to see his second son married to the right woman, but Yao himself would prefer to find the right man. He has done well in the capital and his outstanding achievements have earned his father's respect but, ever the dutiful son, he finds himself putting aside his own needs in order to support the family’s continued demands.

Production

  • JORDAN SCHIELE