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A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann’s trilogy on the student protests on Tian’anmen Square in 1989, and the impact of this event on the attitudes of an old and a new generation of Chinese.
Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann happened to be in Beijing in May 1989, working on a reportage on the Chinese diaspora, when unexpectedly and over a period of weeks, hundreds of thousands of people gathered on Tian’anmen (the Square of Heavenly Peace) to protest against the regime.
On June 4, the army brutally crushed the protest, killing hundreds of people. But Zachmann’s documentary is not primarily an account of this historic event. In the first of the three short documentaries, he talks about what led up to that fateful day, while in the third he makes a short visit to the Tian’anmen Square of today.
But the second part is what it is really all about for Zachmann: in this film, he interviews a young Chinese woman studying in Paris and an older Chinese man who protested on the square in 1989 and later fled to France.
Zachmann asks them to share their thoughts about family, democracy, being Chinese, and the dreams of 1989. The interviews and reflections on their ideas produce a sense of transience and insight into new generations who view the world with new eyes. In this way, Zachmann reveals something of the cyclical course of history itself.
Project detailsYear of development :2009
Created by:Patrick Zachmann
With:Jean-Baptiste Mihout, Greg Corsaro, Upian
Full project credits
CreditsFilms Auteur réalisateur : Patrick Zachmann Productrices : Laurence Bagot et Cécile Cros - narrative Assistante réalisatrice : Carole Cheysson Monteur : Jean-Baptiste Mihout Sound design : Greg Corsaro Photographies : © Magnum Photos (www.magnumphotos.com) Graphisme : Sébastien Brothier et Jérôme Gonçalvès – upian.com Traduction chinois-français : Jiajia et Boris Svartzman Interface Direction artistique et développement flash Sébastien Brothier, Jérôme Gonçalvès, David Després – upian.com (www.upian.com) Projet soutenu par Centre National de la Cinématographie (http://www.cnc.fr) Doha Centre for Media Freedom (www.dohacentre.org) Production Laurence Bagot et Cécile Cros © narrative, 2009 (www.narrative.info) Diffusion lemonde.fr et derspiegel.de Merci à Wang Longmeng, Xiaoxue Li, Alexandre Brachet, Mathieu Chapuis, Robert Ménard, Sara Kianpour, Alexis Delcambre, Stéphane Mazzorato, Dr. Hans-Michael Kloth. La Générale de Production, Elisa Mazza, Julien Frydman, Antoine Couder, Ed Gargan, Michel Bonin et Cai Chongguo.
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