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Thousands of Chinese students arrive in the United States each year, often confronting loneliness and culture-clash upon arrival, something director Hao Zhang (Winner: NOFF Student Pitch Award, 2017) knows all too well. Arriving in North Carolina to study film, Zhang is surprised to find a unique community of Chinese students, underpinned by a newly discovered evangelical Christianity that is often at stark odds with their roots in China. Zhang follows these students—many of whom become his close friends—as well as lone skeptic Gong, whose staunch atheism leaves him largely isolated. Self-consciously mirroring Zhang’s own expat journey, Gimme a Faith ponders the importance of maintaining a sense of identity and purpose in a foreign land. -ST
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