October

Eternal Spring (長春)

Jason Loftus

The thrilling and emotional story of a group of Falun Gong practitioners who managed to shortly take over Chinese state TV. A story of immense bravery and life under totalitarian rule. Animation and documentary ingenuously combined with breathtaking result.

‘History has taught Chinese people a lesson,’ we hear at the beginning of Eternal Spring (長春). ‘Dare to stand up to the Party, and you will suffer.’ However, standing up to the Chinese Communist Party was exactly what a group of members of outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong did. On 5 March 2002, they broke into a broadcast of Chinese state TV and played a video about the movement.

Their story is made into an animation by cartoonist Daxiong, himself a Falun Gong member. His breathtaking and thrilling animated scenes are interspersed with interviews with many of the main characters – that is: the ones who survived and managed to flee China. Next to the gripping stories about people such as ‘Mr. White’, fearless and passionate ‘Big Truck’ and mastermind Liang – a master in secret guerrilla information campaigns – Daxiong contemplates his own choices and dilemmas, and confronts his pain.

Credits

Director
Jason Loftus
Type
Documentary
Duration
86 minutes
Country
Canada
Year
2022
Language
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Subtitles
English
*Theaters with a Q&A or side programme in English.

Theater dates and times (to be updated)

Alkmaar
Tue 11 Oct at 19:00 in Filmhuis Alkmaar
Amersfoort
Mon 10 Oct at 20:15 in De Lieve Vrouw
Amsterdam
Wed 5 Oct at 19:30 in Kriterion*
Apeldoorn
Tue 11 Oct at 20:00 in Gigant
Arnhem
Tue 4 Oct at 19:00 in Focus Filmtheater
Delft
Thu 13 Oct at 19:30 in Filmhuis Lumen
Den Haag
Sun 9 Oct at 16:30 in Filmhuis Den Haag*
Deventer
Mon 24 Oct at 20:00 in MIMIK
Enschede
Mon 17 Oct at 19:30 in Concordia
Gouda
in Filmhuis Gouda
Groningen
Tue 11 Oct at 20:30 in VERA Zienema*
Hilversum
Thu 11 Aug at 20:15 in Filmtheater Hilversum
Leiden
Mon 10 Oct at 19:00 in Kijkhuis*
Maastricht
Mon 3 Oct at 19:30 in Lumière Cinema*
Middelburg
Mon 10 Oct at 20:00 in Cinema Middelburg*
Utrecht
Mon 10 Oct in Louis Hartlooper Complex
Wageningen
in Movie W*
Online
in Picl