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The Story of the Real Confucius

If you’d like an introduction to the life and ideas of Confucius, you could do much worse than The Story of the Real Confucius, a 90-minute docudrama produced by the British company, all3media and available for free on YouTube through an agreement with the Timeline channel.

Although the documentary focuses mainly on Confucius’ influence on China specifically and contains details that scholars may quibble with, it succeeds brilliantly in bringing Confucius to life through acting, music, and interviews with scholars and ordinary people influenced by his ideas.