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UK Premiere: Eternal Spring (長春) (15) (LC) + Pre-recorded ScreenTalk (Online)

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

A still from Eternal Spring

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. 

Comic book illustrator Daxiong, a Falun Gong practitioner, is forced to flee China. He blames the hijacking for worsening a violent repression, but when he meets the lone surviving participant to have escaped China, his views are challenged. Combining present-day footage with 3D animation 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. 

ScreenTalk with filmmaker Jason Loftus, illustrator & film participant DaxiongRamona Li, Snr. Researcher & Advocate, Chinese Human Rights Defenders. Moderator Sophie Richardson, China Director, HRW.

Canada 2022  Dir Jason Loftus 86 min

In Mandarin Chinese and English with English subtitles. English captions available. 

LC = Locally classified

This film contains scenes of police brutality, footage and references of violence and torture which viewers may find distressing.

Available to watch on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival streaming platform from Thu 17 Mar at 12:01am, to Fri 25 March at 11:59pm.

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