Beijing Spring (2020)
AC Films producer
Directed and written by Andy Cohen
Co-Directed and written by Gaylen Ross
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Foreshadowing today’s battle for democracy in Hong Kong, Beijing Spring chronicles China’s censored (till now) struggle for democracy and freedom of expression after the death of Mao Zedong in the late 1970’s. The Democracy Wall activists and Stars Art group (including Wei Jingsheng, Xu Wenli and a young Ai Weiwei) dare to voice individual ideas and show radical artworks until the Deng Xiaoping-led government cracked down on this brief moment of reform. Shown through newly discovered 16mm footage hidden from authorities for 35 years, this officially censored history is now revealed by those who lived it — the democracy leaders, poets, photographers and artists — some imprisoned for two decades.
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