In this family portrait, Yan Ting Yuen links the personal story of her father to the major turning points in Chinese history in the last century: starvation in the 1950s, Mao Zedong’s cultural revolution in the 1960s, the exodus to the West in the 1970s and the eminently Chinese variation on capitalism that has emerged in recent decades. It’s the official version of history that her father is eager to quote to explain his choices. Choices that also shaped the lives of the filmmaker and her mother.
But gradually it becomes apparent that the choices were less rational and considered than you might think. Cost-benefit analyses and consultation with the rest of the family were not father’s style. He allowed himself to be carried along by the prevailing wind, at best. When Yuen asked why he wanted to go to Europe, following his brother, his response was that it struck him as a nice idea. Disenchanting, possibly. But are rational analyses really that much more sensible?

Original title
De keuze van mijn vader
Filmmaker
Yuen Yan Ting
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
79’
Language
Dutch, Chinese, English
Producer
Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole
Production Company
Witfilm
Sales
Witfilm
Writer
Yuen Yan Ting
Cinematography
Reinout Steenhuizen
Editor
Noud Holtman
Sound Design
Mark Glynne
Music
Alex Simu
Website
http://witfilm.nl/projects/my-fathers-choice/