Though I Am Gone (Wo Sui Si Qu)
Hu Jie. China, 2007. Documentary, 68 minutes.
Mandarin w/ English subtitles.
|Pioneering filmmaker Hu Jie uncovers the tragic story of a teacher beaten to death by her students during the Cultural Revolution.
In 1966, the Cultural Revolution exploded throughout China, as Mao’s Red Guards persecuted suspected Rightists. Bian Zhongyun, the vice principal of a prestigious school in Beijing, was beaten to death by her own students, becoming one of the first victims of the revolutionary violence that would engulf the entire nation.
In THOUGH I AM GONE, Hu draws upon photographs taken by Bian’s husband, Wang Jingyao, whose impulse to document his wife’s death makes him a spiritual forebear to Hu’s fearless work. Hu also incorporates vivid accounts from surviving witnesses and archival footage to depict the deadly madness of the era. The result is “a profoundly moving memorial to the victims of Mao’s senseless political violence” (Dan Edwards, Real Time Arts).
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