Morning Sun

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History, Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Margot Adler, published by PBS broadcasted as part of PBS Global Voices series in 2003 - English narration

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Few events of the twentieth century have so dramatically engulfed such a large proportion of humanity as China's "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution". Millions suffered and untold others died, yet the Cultural Revolution remains only barely understood. There is little agreement on when it began (1964 or mid-1966), how long it lasted (three years, 1966-69, or a decade, 1966-76), what it was about (culture, revolution, power struggles, or Mao Zedong's monomania), or what it achieved ; a true Marxist-Leninist revolution, the prelude to the reform era, or was it just a meaningless period of political zealotry and chaos? MORNING SUN brings to vivid life this tumultuous and extraordinary period through the eyes of the generation that came of age in the1960s, charting for viewers the psychological and emotional topography of high-Maoist China. It also examines the films and plays, the music and ideas, the rhetoric and the ideologies at the heart of this story about a new revolution that attempted to remake revolution itself. The film Morning Sun attempts in the space of a two-hour documentary film to create an inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. It is not a comprehensive or chronological history of the Cultural Revolution as such; nor is it a study of elite politics or of student factionalism. The film essays rather a psychological history. It attempts a cinematic account of experiences and emotions as reflected on by historical actors who themselves were enacting a history that they had learned and wished to recreate in their own lives. It is also a film about the cultures and convictions, as well as the historical events, that created the impetus, language, style and content of the period—the films and plays, the music and ideas, the rhetoric and ideologies, the education and the aspirations, the frustrations and fantasies, as well as the realities and ardor, that a new revolution that attempted to remake revolution itself entailed. MORNING SUN was made by the same formidable team as the highly acclaimed THE GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE (1996), a comprehensive in-depth survey of the Tiananmen Square incident. The team includes Carma Hinton, who was born and raised in China and experienced the Cultural Revolution at first hand as a teenager and young woman, Richard Gordon, producer and cinematographer of numerous films on China, and Geremie Barme, who also encountered the Cultural Revolution as a young student, and is a much published author and commentator on contemporary Chinese politics and culture. A Production of the Long Bow Groups, Inc. ; A Presentation of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Center for Asian American Media (formerly NAATA), with the participation of ARTE and the BBC

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 2 243 Kbps
Video Resolution: 720x408
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 29.970 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 1 h 57 min
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.99 GB
Source: DVD (Thanks to 'bug'@a.b.karagarga)
Encoded by: DocFreak08

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