慕非

MILESTONES

By Mufei XU

FEILIGHT FILMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2019

Milestones follows the director on a root-seeking journey to her father’s home in Djibouti, Africa, where she seeks to capture the reality of Chinese expatriates’ life in the region as well as the differences and intractable conflicts between Eastern and Western values.

Festivals
& Awards

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2020
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • First film, Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • CHINA, DJIBOUTI, TAIWAN, USA
    • Languages
    • CHINESE, ENGLISH, FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mufei XU
    • Producer(s)
    • Ming-hsia WANG (Talking Light Films)
    • Synopsis
    • In the early years of China’s opening to the world, my father embarked on a construction aid project in Djibouti, Africa. His long tenure there ended with my birth, when he christened me with the name "Mu Fei,” meaning "Adoring Africa." Now, some 30 years later, my father has returned to his second home as a businessman, and his previous employer is constructing the new Doraleh harbour outside Djibouti City. I sought to capture the nuances of my father’s homecoming, as well as the lives of the new overseas Chinese laborers chasing after each “milestone” of construction. As the uncharted life paths of these two generations of Chinese expatriates unfolded in front of me, I began to discover the hidden message in my own name and the story took on an unexpectedly personal dimension...
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