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UNI professor’s documentary wins Best Feature Documentary at Monaco International Film Festival

December 5, 2016

Congcong (Penny) Wang, instructor, languages and literature, 319-273-2821,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – “The Confucius Village” won the Best Feature Documentary Award and the Angel Peace Award at the 2016 Monaco International Film Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Co-producer and translator Congcong (Penny) Wang, UNI faculty of languages and literature, won the Best Producer Award and Director Jiandong Huang won the Best Documentary Director Award. 

“This film is an authentic record of Chinese traditional cultural heritage and many challenges facing rural China in modernization,” said Wang. “It is a great material for American students to learn about Chinese culture as well as reflect on deeper issues regarding what challenges social transaction have brought to cultural heritage and diversity, which could happen to any culture and any nation.”

“The Confucius Village” documents the sufferings and triumphs of a group of Confucius’s descendants living in the mountains of eastern China and seeking a spiritual home. These villagers struggle to maintain traditions while adapting to life in modern China, and their travails play a significant role in the interpretations of Chinese culture, society and history.

In addition to Best Feature Documentary and the Angel Peace Award received at the Monaco International Film Festival, Congcong Wang received the Best Producer Award and Jiandong Huang received the Best Director Award. “The Confucius Village” was also awarded the Best Cinematography Nominees in Documentary in the 3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards in Macao, China, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.