“Eternal Spring” won two Hot Docks Film Awards for the story of 18 brave Chinese who bypassed the state media

A documentary about 18 brave Chinese who hijacked Beijing-dominated media to broadcast uncensored news about Falun Gong learners’ state-supported persecution. Has won two major Canadian film awards.

“Eternal spring” Director Jason Loftus of TorontoIs an animated documentary detoured by the Chinese national television station in 2002.

The story and animation by the acclaimed Chinese cartoon illustrator Daxiong stitches together what happened in his hometown 20 years ago by his fellow practitioner.he Meditation practice Falun Gong It was the target of brutal persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the late 1990s.

May 8th, ““Eternal Spring” has won Of the 225 films screened at the 11-day Hot Dox Festival, both the Rogers Audience Awards Best Canadian Feature and the Hot Dox Audience Awards. Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary film festival, with films from 63 countries participating this year.

The one who won the 1st place in the Rogers Audience Award Grand Prize Of $ 25,000. Markborn’s “OK! (ASD Band Film)” won $ 15,000 in second place, and Barri Cohen’s “Unloved: Huronia’s Forgotten Children” won third and $ 10,000.

“Eternal Spring” will premiere in the United States at the prestigious New York City Human rights watch Film festival On May 23, the film will be screened at the Elinor Buninmanlow Film Center. This center is Lincoln Center Compound. It will also be screened at the IFC Center on May 24th.

Miserable true story

“Eternal Spring” is the general rule of the administration that the widespread popularity of Falun Gong is.

This practice, also known as Falun Dafa, is based on meditative movements and moral teachings based on the beliefs of honesty, compassion, and tolerance. Official estimates indicate that in the short period of seven years since its introduction in China in May 1992, Falun Gong’s benefits to the physical and mental health of practitioners have attracted 70 to 100 million supporters domestically. I did.

In the early stages of the suppression campaign, the CCP’s mouthpiece, Xinhua News Agency, aired a video clip of the so-called “Tiananmen Square Self-Defense” incident in which five individuals were seen firing at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. .. Xinhua claimed that the five were Falun Gong practitioners who burned themselves in religious attempts to commit suicide, despite the fact that suicide was strictly prohibited by practice teachings.

This case was used by the CCP to claim that Falun Gong was wiped out and that its persecution was a justified “evil” religion. As a result, many Chinese citizens actively accepted colleagues, neighbors, and even families who practiced Falun Gong, believing they were brainwashed and dangerous.

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Daxiong, a still-picture artist in the “Eternal Spring” documentary, tells the story of a group of Chinese expatriates and their aftermath that brought uncensored news to China. (Courtesy of lofty sky photography)

On March 5, 2002, 18 Falun Gong practitioners in Changchun hijacked the state-owned cable television network and broadcast a video titled “Self-immolation or playfulness.” “Falun Dafa spreads around the world” on eight channels at the same time to 300,000 cable subscribers in the city.

Within a few days of tapping efforts in Changchun, Over 5,000 Falun Gong practitioners in and around the city were arrested by authorities in a major cleanup. At least seven practitioners were beaten and killed a few days later.

Daxiong was forced to flee after being attacked by police. He recalls the events of an animated film that resulted from an interview with the only survivor who participated in a bold television hijacking, and 18 brave individuals who faced the threat of violence and death to protect their rights and freedoms. The sacrifice of the Chinese people.

CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong continues today, with countless Chinese citizens arbitrarily imprisoned, forced labor, tortured and ill-treated to practice or support Buddhist cultivation.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.