Eternal Spring (長春)
New York audiences can join us in person at the HRW Film Festival.
- Monday May 23, 6:15 PM, Film at Lincoln Center, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
- Tuesday May 24, 6:30 PM, IFC Center
Fully subtitled in English. Closed Captions available in English. You can select this option by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player to turn on captions. Audio Described version of this film is available by purchasing the version titled: “Audio Described Version: Eternal Spring” on this festival platform (HERE)
In March 2002, a state TV station in China was hijacked by members of outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong. Their goal was to counter the government narrative about their practice. In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and comic book illustrator Daxiong (Justice League, Star Wars), a Falun Gong practitioner, is forced to flee. He arrives in North America, blaming the hijacking for worsening a violent repression. But his views are challenged when he meets the lone surviving participant to have escaped China, now living in Seoul, South Korea. Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong’s art, Eternal Spring retraces the event on its 20th anniversary, and brings to life an unprecedented story of defiance, harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution, and an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religious freedoms, no matter the cost.
“History has taught Chinese people a lesson: dare to stand up to the Party, and you will suffer.” —Daxiong, film participant, Eternal Spring
Ticket purchase includes access to pre-recorded film talk with filmmaker Jason Loftus, film participant Daxiong, and Ramona Li, Senior Researcher and Advocate, Chinese Human Rights Defenders. Moderated by Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch.
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