The award-winning animated documentary “Eternal Spring” will premiere on June 15 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, following its recent packed screenings in Poland and several major US cities, including New York and San Francisco.
Describing China’s continued crackdown on freedom of speech, assembly and belief, the documentary will premiere and screen at Dances with Films, an annual independent film festival in Los Angeles, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The film is based on a true story that happened twenty years ago. A group of people hijacked a state-run television broadcast in China to counter the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) hateful narrative about their meditation practice, Falun Gong, which focuses on the values of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.
Feeling threatened by its popularity, the CCP launched a campaign of systematic elimination in 1999, resulting in millions being held in prisons, labor camps and other facilities and hundreds of thousands tortured while incarcerated, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center.
The 2002 broadcast hiatus shocked the world and has been described by CNN as “one of Falun Gong’s most audacious to date.”
In the aftermath, the participants faced severe persecution, and some paid with their lives. To this day, the human rights abuses portrayed in the film still take place in China.
Director Jason Loftus is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. He is also the producer of several other acclaimed human rights films such as Ask No Questions, The Bleeding Edge and Human Harvest.
The 86-minute film took him about six years to complete, during which time he and his family were constantly harassed by the CCP.
Loftus will attend the premiere on Wednesday and take questions from the audience.
Previously, the film was also screened at film festivals in Canada, Greece, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The film won the Rogers Audience Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival last month and two awards at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in March.
For tickets, please visit the official Dances with Films website. To watch the trailer or learn more about the movie, please visit the official “Eternal Spring” website.