Beijing Spring

USA, Switzerland, China, Feature Documentary, 2021, 102 min

Photo © ├é┬⌐Wang Rui

Can art effect real change in the world? To this ever-urgent question, Beijing Spring responds with a resounding yes. The New York Times

It was a time of great joy for young Chinese artists like Ai Weiwei, now one of the most famous artists on earth. Mao had died in 1976, and the Chinese government relaxed its brutal repression of art for a time. Artists began posting their new art on the “Democracy Wall,” paintings and writings that championed individuality and free expression, often exposing the inhumanity of the Cultural Revolution. Recording it all was a daring young filmmaker, Chi Xiaoning. Hidden for decades, footage from these brave acts of rebellion can now be experienced for the first time. Subtitled.

Directed by Andy Cohen, Gaylen Ross

Colorado Premiere

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