The Gate of Heavenly Peace

  • September 7, 2013 / 18:00
  • September 29, 2013 / 19:00

Director: Richard Gordon, Carma Hinton
Cast: Deborah Amos, Carma Hinton, Edward Stanley
USA, 180’, 1995, color

English with Turkish subtitles

The Gate of Heavenly Peace is a three-hour documentary film about the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square, which culminated in the violent government crackdown on June 4. The film uses archival footage and contemporary interviews with a wide range of Chinese citizens, including workers, students, intellectuals, and government officials, to revisit the events of “Beijing Spring.” From the beginning of the protests in mid-April to the night of June 3–4, the film provides a “meticulous day-by-day chronicle of the six-week period… This unglamorous but absorbing film interweaves videotaped scenes of the demonstrations and conversations with leaders and participants with an explanatory narration into an account that is as clear-headed as it is thorough and well-organized.

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