China's Artful Dissident

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China's Artful Dissident

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ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JUNE 1989 TIANANMEN SQUARE MASSACRE, CHINA’S ARTFUL DISSIDENT SHADOWS A CHINESE POLITICAL ARTIST IN EXILE

Through his quirky, satirical art, he clandestinely protests China’s human rights abuses and cover-up of the horrific slaughter of innocent students in 1989, and, inspired by Tank Man (the lone protestor who stared down a convoy of Red Army tanks in Tiananmen), he travels the globe meeting survivors and fellow dissidents who share powerful firsthand testimonies.

Like Banksy, the artist remains incognito – but both the personal and professional stakes are considerably higher. His safety, and the safety of his family, hangs in the balance, as the Chinese authorities – desperate to prevent his political art breaching their ‘great firewall’ – close in on his identity. If the artist is compromised, he will likely face torture – the same torture his grandfather endured during the anti-intellectual movement.

From Australia to Berlin, to San Francisco, Paris and Hong Kong, the endgame nears in Chinese territories themselves, unfolding like an edge-of-your-seat drama with a climactic twist. As the global balance of power shifts from America to China in the 21st century, this powerful documentary shines a timely spotlight on Beijing’s continued whitewashing of the Tiananmen Square massacre and subsequent human rights abuses – and the contemporary threat China poses to the global geo-political order.

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Identity Films & Productions