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This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. For over 60 years, the party of Mao Zedong has ruled the People’s Republic of China, and while the government has changed some of its policies, in many ways, it continues to keep its citizens under close watch. Chinese leadership celebrated the anniversary with fanfare, parades, and performances, fostering a nationalist nostalgia for a time that was in fact, anything but joyful. As the Chinese Communist Party conceals the truth of its brutal past, the Laogai Museum seeks to expose it.
The Laogai Museum will host a screening of The Blue Kite (in Chinese with English subtitles), a film by Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang released in 1993. The movie, which follows a family through three tumultuous Communist Party political campaigns, is banned in China. Director Tian was subsequently exiled from the film industry for ten years. Despite the image the Chinese government strives to portray to the outside world today, a look at the human cost of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution show a much different side of the Party.
Please join us for a look back at the darkest moments in Chinese Communist Party history.
When: Saturday, July 30th at 2 p.m.
Where: Laogai Museum, 1734 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
Please RSVP by July 27th, as seating is limited.
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