Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
Co-directors Geremie Barme, Carma Hinton, and Richard Gordon continue their examination of communist China, focusing on the 1964-1976 period known as the Cultural Revolution, with their 2003 documentary Ba Jiu Dianzhong De Taiyang (Morning Sun). Following in the vein of their 1995 film about the demonstrations and massacre at Tiananmen Square, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Barme, Hinton, and Gordon returned to China -- in secrecy, due to the notoriety they gained from their first film -- in order to research the history of the Cultural Revolution, as well as to interview participants and survivors of the notoriously violent and critical political and philosophical movement. Spanning from Mao Zedong's initial counter-capitalist proclamations from the mid-'60s to the communist leader's death in 1976, Morning Sun traces the movement's critical points which, more or less, turned the nation's population against itself. Morning Sun was included in the Forum Program at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.
China, cultural-revolution, ideals, murder, paranoia, political-crisis, political-unrest, recollection, turmoil, uprising, violence