Mix Tape: In the name of fathers


07.13.2016
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Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)

In 1997, a mentally disabled father Jiulong Lee insists on buying a backpack of Sailor Moon for his young daughter, Yisheng. However, Jiulong is framed for a rape and murder case at the store. He cannot argue for himself and the policeman sends him to jail, cell No. 7. With the help of other prisoners in cell No. 7, Yisheng finally meets her father in prison.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)

This is a story between the love of a father and a son after 9/11. Sometimes you will find yourself too weak to even say goodbye to the person you love the most.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)

Dealing with the problems between fathers and sons is a puzzle for people in all cultures and places. In this film, Chinese director Yimou Zhang depicts a story of two pairs of fathers and sons. This is not only a trip about walking together, but also a trip about forgiving.

Big Fish (2003)

Will used to enjoy his father Edward’s story of a fantasy journey. However, Will does not believe the story anymore when he grows up. He even stops visiting his father for many years. Until one day, he hears the message that his father will die soon. He decides to meet his father for the last time. This time, he finally figures out the secret truth behind his father’s storytelling.

I am Sam (2001)

Sam is a disabled man who only has a six-year-old child’s intelligence. One day, a woman comes and stays at his place. Finally, the woman leaves a girl infant to Sam. Sam names his daughter Lucy. With time gone by, Lucy finds out that her father cannot understand certain things which becomes more difficult for her. She doesn’t care about her father’s limitations and continues living with him until a local educator separates them because of Sam’s special condition.

The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

After Chris Gardner’s wife left him and their son, Gardner has to raise his son alone. Even in this tough situation, Gardner still believes that good fortune will arrive tomorrow.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

A Jewish man, Guido, marries a teacher, Dora, and soon they have a child. During WWII, Guido is sent to a Nazi concentration camp with his family. Even during such a horrible situation, Guido still uses his humor to encourage his family. His spirit inspires people and everyone there likes him. Before the end of WWII, the Nazi soldiers must clear the camp for the last time. Can Guido’s family live until the end?

Jinrong Lei 

can be reached at 

arg-arts@uidaho.edu



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