China's Artful Dissident

As featured in CNN, Time magazine and the Times of London

Synopsis

On the 30th anniversary of the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, CHINA’S ARTFUL DISSIDENT shadows a Chinese political artist in exile as the artist clandestinely protests China’s abuse of human rights and its cover-up of the horrific slaughter of innocent students in 1989. As the film dramatically climaxes in Hong Kong it reveals the way Beijing is nefariously curtailing freedom of expression in the Territory.

2019: 4 June, ABC Australia,
2019: 10 June, Hong Kong
2019: Opening night film – Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival

Reviews

“Essential viewing”

Opening night film – Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival 2019

On the 30th anniversary of the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, CHINA’S ARTFUL DISSIDENT shadows a Chinese political artist in exile as the artist clandestinely protests China’s abuse of human rights and its cover-up of the horrific slaughter of innocent students in 1989. Inspired by Tank Man – the lone protest or who stared down a convoy of Red Army tanks in Tiananmen–the artist travels the globe meeting survivors and fellow dissidents who share powerful first-hand testimonies.

Like Banksy, the artist remains incognito, but unlike Banksy his life and that of his family are at stake, as the Chinese authorities–desperate to prevent his political art breaching their Great Firewall–close in on his identity. As the global balance of power shifts from America to China in the 21st century, CHINA’S ARTFUL DISSIDENT shines a timely spotlight on Beijing’s continued white washing of the Tiananmen massacre and subsequent human rights abuses.

As the endgame nears, the story unfolds like an edge-of-your-seat drama with a climactic twist and clear message about freedom in Hong Kong.

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