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
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
in Filmhuis Alkmaar
Amersfoort
in De Lieve Vrouw
Amsterdam
in Kriterion*
Apeldoorn
in Gigant
Arnhem
in Focus Filmtheater
Delft
in Filmhuis Lumen
Den Haag
in Filmhuis Den Haag*
Deventer
in MIMIK
Enschede
in Concordia
Groningen
in VERA Zienema*
Hilversum
in Filmtheater Hilversum
Leiden
in Kijkhuis*
Maastricht
in Lumière Cinema*
Middelburg
in Cinema Middelburg*
Nijmegen
in LUX
Utrecht
in Louis Hartlooper Complex
Wageningen
in Movie W*