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  • Greetings, everyone!

  • Welcome to this edition of Movie Reviews.

  • I'd like to recommend this wonderful movie of Christian Church, Red Re-education at Home,

  • done in a true-to-life style.

  • Just the one wordRedcalls to mind the Communist Party's rule.

  • It tells the story of a typical family of Communist Party members in China.

  • Zheng Weiguo, the father,

  • is the minister of a municipal United Front Work Department,

  • who is responsible for suppressing and striking against religious beliefs,

  • but the son and daughter, Zheng Yi and Zheng Rui, are actually devout Christians.

  • The scene of a family spiritual battle unfolds.

  • What's really amazing about this film

  • is that it hones in on one particular point to illustrate the bigger picture,

  • distilling the situation of the difficulties of Christians' existence and faith

  • under the regime of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

  • down to one family of a Communist Party official.

  • So, how does a red family under China's autocracy

  • educate their children?

  • And how the Christians rely on God to counteract the CCP's lies and fallacies,

  • and expose its evil essence so that they can stand witness for God?

  • Red Re-education at Home will reveal the answers to these questions, one by one.

  • Centered around just one 4-person family,

  • the plot of the film is not complex,

  • but the conflicts that develop between the characters over the issue of faith

  • become more and more intense, driving the story line.

  • There are the believers who firmly hold to their faith

  • and those who stubbornly persist in their atheism,

  • and the people who gradually awaken through the discourse between the truth and fallacies,

  • allowing us to see how different people end up on different paths in life

  • because they have chosen different beliefs and have different values.

  • They will also have different outcomes.

  • The father, Zheng Weiguo, is a Communist Party member and a classic atheist.

  • As the minister of the United Front Work Department in the film,

  • he is the best mouthpiece for the CCP's totalitarian rule and red education.

  • Decades in the CCP have made him a seasoned official;

  • heavily steeped in this environment,

  • he became arrogant, slippery, and worldly long ago.

  • During the debate between him and his children,

  • they debunk the CCP's fallacies he upholds over and over again,

  • and his heart is rocked by the authority and power in Almighty God's words.

  • He himself knows that no one buys into the CCP's red rhetoric anymore,

  • and acknowledges that believing in God is the right path to take in life,

  • but he insists on sticking with the CCP

  • in order to keep his official position and his livelihood.

  • He also tries to force his children to accept Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought,

  • and even threatens and intimidates his children with the lies and fallacies

  • about The Church of Almighty God concocted by the CCP.

  • He tries absolutely everything to stop them from believing in God.

  • When they continue to uphold what is right

  • and use the truth time and time again to refute his fallacies,

  • he flies into a rage, and wildly shouts out what is in his heart:

  • Let me tell you,

  • I am a faithful disciple of Satanist Karl Marx and I am a resolute atheist.

  • I don't believe a single word that you say.

  • I don't care how God will destroy the CCP, and what our outcome will be.

  • I'm a lifelong, CCP follower.

  • I work for the CCP, that's how I earn my livelihood.

  • Even if it means ending up in hell with Karl Marx, I stand by the CCP!

  • From the vigor with which Zheng Weiguo madly obstructs

  • and oppresses his children's faith time after time,

  • we can see that

  • when atheism is deeply entrenched into a person's mind,

  • he will become extremely arrogant, bigoted, and self-involved,

  • always wanting others to listen to him,

  • only wanting to have control over others' thoughts.

  • It's easy to see from this vivid portrayal of an official within the CCP's system

  • that from the microcosm of a family to the macrocosm of a country,

  • the CCP's rule of atheism seeks to control all people's thoughts,

  • to make everyonered,” come within their grasp, and be under their control.

  • The CCP cannot tolerate Christians worshiping God;

  • it wants to establish China as a zone of atheism

  • and to eradicate God from people's hearts,

  • so that all people become slaves under its red education.

  • The film concludes with a very satirical tone.

  • Zheng Weiguo, who has lost all reason,

  • heartlessly kicks his wife and children out of the house.

  • Beside himself, he says:

  • It's over, this home is over!

  • That wretched government!

  • What Red education, what Red rule! Go to hell! …

  • The director handled these few, short lines perfectly,

  • using Zheng Weiguo's hysterical shouting and chaotic state

  • to show his extreme internal dissatisfaction and rage toward red rule and education,

  • also alluding to the boundless pain brought about by the CCP's red education.

  • Using ridiculous lies that even Communist Party members themselves don't believe

  • toeducatethe Chinese people

  • how can they not be a laughingstock of the world?

  • Who is the main culprit that brought Zheng Weiguo to the point

  • that his home is broken and his family is gone?

  • Who personally destroyed this once-happy family?

  • Although no clear answer is given in the film,

  • it must certainly be very clear in viewers' hearts.

  • Zheng Yi, the son, is an architect working abroad.

  • He is thoughtful, insightful, and an honest, upright Christian.

  • While his father Zheng Weiguo is racking his brains

  • to use all sorts of the CCP's lies and fallacies to stop him from believing in God,

  • he is able to uphold righteousness, take a stance,

  • and debate with his father using the truth and facts

  • to dissect the evil essence of the CCP's resistance to God,

  • bearing witness to God's righteous disposition.

  • His conflict with his father is not a lack of filial piety

  • but comes out of love for his family.

  • He doesn't want to see his father punished by God because of his resistance.

  • Zheng Rui, the daughter, is a newspaper reporter.

  • She is courageous, wise, and has a sense of justice.

  • As a reporter,

  • she has long had an understanding of the dark underbelly of the CCP.

  • Her father using red education over and over to try to hinder their faith

  • accelerated her awakening,

  • giving her deeper clarity on the CCP's essence of hating the truth and resisting God.

  • Faced with her father's suppression and obstruction so many times,

  • she has always stood with Zheng Yi

  • and used the truth and facts to strike back at the lies

  • about The Church of Almighty God disseminated by the CCP.

  • She starts to use kind words to persuade her father for the sake of religious freedom

  • with a tone nearing supplication, she says to him:

  • We don't want other freedoms. Religious freedom is more than enough.

  • Can't we be given this little bit of freedom?

  • But in return she gets an even harsher rebuke from him.

  • What this brother and sister suffer through gives viewers a feeling of

  • the oppression and the pain of life under the dark cloud of the CCP.

  • Dad,

  • it is totally justifiable for a creature to worship God.

  • Though you are my father, you've no right to block my faith.

  • You

  • I've made my choice. I follow Almighty God.

  • And this will never change!

  • Dad!

  • God created mankind.

  • It's the right path of life for man to believe in and obey God!

  • I've chosen to believe in God, I'll forge ahead without hesitation.

  • Do not try to stop me.

  • These two short declarations

  • express Zheng Yi and Zheng Rui's longing and yearning for justice and light,

  • and even though their father loses his wits and drives them out of the home,

  • they have no regrets.

  • That scene when they are driven out of their home is deeply moving.

  • When Zheng Yi is in his room packing his things, the shot focuses on his face.

  • Eyes full of tears, he looks at a family portrait, hands trembling.

  • The sad background music conveys a sense of intricate emotional entanglements:

  • Being reluctant to let go, nostalgia, grief, and helplessness.

  • Zheng Yi and Zheng Rui represent the Christians

  • who persist in their faith under the CCP's atheist regime.

  • Although they live a communist family,

  • they come to understand some truths after believing in God.

  • They see through the CCP's red rule,

  • they shake off the bounds of its red education,

  • and they step onto the right path of pursuing the truth.

  • At the end of the film, free from the bounds and strictures of a red education,

  • their spirits gain true release and freedom,

  • just like a bird soaring across a blue sky….

  • The mother, Mu Xinping, represents the majority of the common people

  • who have been steeped in traditional Chinese Communist thought and its red education.

  • At the start of the film she has absolutely no discernment on the CCP's lies

  • and deeply, fully believes the propaganda instilled by her husband.

  • So, when Zheng Weiguo uses rumors and lies over and over

  • to drag her into obstructing their children's faith,

  • she goes along, unaware of the truth.

  • But through the many debates he has with them,

  • she gradually gains some discernment,

  • and in the struggle between truth and fallacy, between facts and lies,

  • in the end she acknowledges that her children are right to believe in God

  • and they are on the right path in life.

  • She then advises her husband to support them in their faith,

  • hoping to maintain harmony in the home,

  • but in Zheng Weiguo's eyes, faith in God is absolutely intolerable.

  • At the film's climax,

  • when she sees her husband heartlessly driving their children out of the home