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China in Documentary Film (Leavey Library): Cultural Revolution

Cultural Revolution

Guo ying dong feng nong chang =  The East Wind State Farm
"Condemned 'Rightists', sentenced to 21 years of thought reform in the countryside, share harrowing first-person accounts of life in a Chinese labor camp. In 1957, two hundred teachers, students, and cadres were labeled as "Rightists" for voicing criticism of the Communist Party and sent to the East Wind State Farm in southwest China. As part of China's disastrous Great Leap Forward, these inmates were forced to take part in ill-conceived deforestation, agricultural and industrial projects that led to wide-scale famine. Later they endured the Cultural Revolution when their camp was visited by large groups of 'sent-down' youth from the cities. After 21 years of "remolding", the "Rightists" were finally 'rehabilitated' in 1978 and allowed to leave in 1978. The East Wind State Farm re-examines the tragic events of Chinese modern history during the height of Maoist rule. Director Hu Jie collects dozens of extensive interviews with both inmates and staff who served through three decades of the camp's existence."

In Search of Lin Zhao's Soul
"Lin Zhao, a Christian and a student of Beijing University, grew from a pure, loyal follower into a valiant fighter against the Red Terror. She was imprisoned for eight years and then killed. She left thousands of words written in her own blood to expose the absurdity and cruelty of those days."

Mulberry Child
"During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, millions had their lives destroyed...their reputations ruined. Mulberry Child is the story of the persecution and survival of Jian Ping's family during this difficult period. After growing up in Socialist China, Jian must learn to assimilate to a Capitalist world when she migrates to the United States. In pursuit of the American dream, Jian develops an emotional disconnect between her and her privileged American-born daughter, Lisa. Will a trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a journey into the past forge a healthier relationship between mother and daughter? The film teaches us the human capacity for courage and endurance, and shows how the events of the past will affect our future."

Wo sui si qu = Though I Am Gone
"Bian Zhongyun, Vice Principal of the Girls High School affiliated to Beijing Normal University, was tortured to death in 1966. She was believed to be the first victim among the teachers killed by their students during the 'Red August' of 1966 as the Cultural Revolution began in Mainland China. The film depicts the event and demonstrates how the family members, students and colleagues of Bian experienced the terror."