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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 )

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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 (97)
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 Becke (141)
Monday November 12, 2012, 1:32 am

Rose Becke (141)
Monday November 12, 2012, 1:33 am

Yvonne F (180)
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.

Sue & Tim 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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