The Life of Cheng Se Tseo in His Own Words

The Life of Cheng Se Tseo in His Own Words

Produced by Simone Fary



Cheng Se Tseo was born in rural Southern China around 1904. In his early years he defeated an opium addiction, served in Chang Kai Shek’s Nationalist Army, earned a PhD in the United States and was a sailor in the American Navy during World War II. He returned to China in the chaos of the post war years but had to flee the country again as the Communists came to power. He spent the last decades of his life creating beautiful pottery. Told in his own words, this documentary presents a man who has experienced much of the 20th century’s history.

This documentary took over a decade to make, and was a labor of love for the wife and husband team of Simone Fary and Richard Hall. The budget was miniscule, and much time was needed to conduct research and find a way a way to summarize such a complex life in less than 30 minutes. It was finally completed as a memorial tribute in December of 2002

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  • Simone Fary ... Producer, Director, Research
  • Richard Hall ... Primary videograpy and editing

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United States

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