“History has taught Chinese people a lesson: Dare to stand up to the Party, and you will suffer.” – Daxiong, famed comics artist (Justice League of America and Star Wars). This year marks the 20th anniversary of Falun Gong’s daring hijacking of a Chinese state television station. For decades, Beijing has sought to convince the Chinese people that Falun Gong is dangerous, but its members maintain that it is a spiritual movement based on moral teachings and meditation, with roots in Buddhism. In the 1990s they had tens of millions of adherents in China; in 1999, the government banned the movement. Using elegant, dazzling animation by Daxiong (himself a Falun Gong adherent), ETERNAL SPRING tells the astonishing true story of the movement’s takeover of a television station, followed by the arrest, torture, and imprisonment of thousands. For those who know Falun Gong only through its associations with the conservative newspaper The Epoch Times, this film will be an eye-opener, an inspiring portrait of high-tech group defiance in the face of overwhelming state oppression, brutality, and misinformation.
With support from the Richard Brick, Geri Ashur, and Sara Bershtel Fund for Social Justice Documentaries.
2022 86 MIN. CANADA IN MANDARIN CHINESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES LOFTY SKY ENTERTAINMENT