In the spring of 1989, over one million Chinese students and workers occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square and began the largest non-violent political protest in China's history. This enthralling documentary reflects the drama, tension, absurdity, heroism, and many tragedies of those six weeks culminating with the Beijing massacre of June 4th. The film gives voice to a wide range of Chinese citizens whose stories were consistently ignored by the Western press. By awarding these people a proper place in history, The Gate of Heavenly Peace reveals an ongoing debate in China concerning the importance of personal responsibility and the need, as Vaclav Havel has put it, to live in the truth.
Followed by a post-screening panel Q&A with:
Simon Long joined The Economist in 1995 as South-East Asia correspondent based in Bangkok. In 1999 he became the Finance and Economics editor and in 2001 a writer for The Global Agenda. In 2002 he moved to India as South Asia Bureau Chief. Since the end of 2006 he has been based in London as Asia Editor. For ten years prior to this, he worked for the BBC in London and as Beijing and Hong Kong correspondent.
Antony Thomas is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker. His films include The Tank Man (2006), Death of a Princess (1980), Man and Animal (1995) Twins - The Divided Self (1997) and The Qur'an (2008).
Tian Ai Zhang is a Chinese born filmmaker currently living in the UK. Her NFTS graduation film Cultural Revolution looks at how China has changed over the past 30 years.
Screening in collaboration with The Frontline Club.