FREEDOM FIGHTER: THE STORY OF LIAN SHENGDE

FREEDOM FIGHTER: THE STORY OF LIAN SHENGDE

    Price: $310.00

    Code: 1856
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Mary Flannery
    2000, 50 minutes
    Available in English and Mandarian versions
    Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125



    Offers a remarkable first-person account of the life of Lian Shengde, who was born during the Cultural Revolution in China, a time, as he says, "when millions of the people were organized by the Chinese Communist Party and its leader Chairman Mao to fight and kill each other. This son of a soldier in the People's Liberation Army became a student dissident and leader of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Tienanmen Square in 1989, subsequently spent eighteen months in prison, and three years after his release he fled into exile in the U.S., where he continues to fight today for individual freedom and human rights in his homeland. The video features interviews with Shengde and remarkable archival footage of the Cultural Revolution.

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    Reviews

    "This effective and deeply felt production succeeds in providing a personal perspective and background for events in China over the last decade. Will be helpful in social studies classes and public libraries."
    School Library Journal

    "A moving and memorable portrait, academically useful to contemporary political studies and accessible to general audiences, too."
    Library Journal

       "Yet another testament to the complete failure of any Communist government to provide for its citizens what Aristotle deemed 'The sufficient life.' Recommended."
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