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Taiwan documentary depicts current lives of legendary Chinese pro-democracy dissidents

Radio Taiwan International will gradually release 10 mini-episodes on Chinese activists in exile

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei.

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Radio Taiwan International (RTI) released the first episode of a series of 10 mini-documentaries called “Freedom, the Becoming (呼喚自由後)” on Monday (May 2) that depict the lives of Chinese democracy activists living in exile, CNA reported.

Under the supervision of award-winning director and producer Lin Cheng Sheng (林正盛), human rights activist Yang Cheng Hsin (楊正欣) directed the series with help from producer Wu'er Kaixi (吾爾開希), a former leader of China's student democracy movement of 1989 that culminated in the Tiananmen massacre, per CNA.

The first episode details the past and present activism of Wang Tan (王丹), who was also a student leader in China's pro-democracy movement in 1989, and now travels the world garnering support for Chinese democracy among the Chinese diaspora living abroad. In the film, Wang Tan, now middle-aged, reflects on how his experience with pro-democracy activism has affected his life and formed his current political philosophy.

Later episodes will feature artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei (艾未未), Hu Ping (胡平), the former editor-in-chief of “Beijing Spring (北京之春)” magazine; Hua Tse (華澤), a former journalist and human rights documentary director; Yen Peng (燕鵬), who was sentenced to prison in China for funding pro-democracy students; Teng Piao (滕彪), a human rights lawyer; and others.

Chairman of RTI, Lai Hsiu Ju (賴秀如) commented, “More than 30 years later, those student leaders who once stood in Tiananmen Square yelling themselves hoarse have now entered middle age, and their years in exile have long exceeded the time they lived in China. I hope the public can stay collectively aware of the life stories of Chinese democracy activists,” according to CNA.

New episodes of the series will air on RTI’s official website every Monday and Thursday in the coming weeks. Live screenings, including Q&A sessions with some of the featured activists, are scheduled for May 19 at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu and May 23 at Soochow University.

Updated : 2022-05-24 08:23 GMT+08:00