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Recording The Untold Stories Of China's Great Famine


World  (tags: Chna, Wen Guang, Independent Film, The Folk Memory Project, today's young people, stories of Peasants, Great Famine, propaganda, fear, Chairman Mao, Great Leap Forward )

Judy
- 739 days ago - npr.org
Filmmaker Wu Wenguang and his students are collecting peasants' stories from the late 1950s and early '60s. Through film and stage performances, these young people are reclaiming history, in a time of historical amnesia. Part 2 of 2.



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Judy C. (109)
Monday November 12, 2012, 12:20 am
Wu draws parallels between Mao's headlong rush to catch up with the West and the current rush to modernize. As an example, he cites the fatal crash of a brand new high-speed rail train last year, which authorities handled by initially attempting to bury the wrecked train carriages.

"We don't have the ability to build [high-speed rail]," he explains. "But we did so for the sake of our image, and then there was an accident. That was covered up. This is the new era of the Great Leap Forward."
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (279)
Monday November 12, 2012, 1:32 am
OUTRAGEOUS THANKS JUDY
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (279)
Monday November 12, 2012, 1:33 am
PS I WISH WU ALL THE BEST
 

Yvonne F. (177)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:09 am
China is about a lot of tragedy! Thanks Judy
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:38 pm
Thanks Judy.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 1:40 pm
Thanks Judy.
 

Susan& Timothy Scholl (0)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 3:23 pm
I read a good book "Dreams of Joy" by Lisa See, the famine is part of the plot. Read it it is great.
 
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