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Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square

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Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square is a visual autobiography of an artist who grew up in China during the historic upheavals of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Through a rich collage of original artwork and family and archival photographs, Shui-Bo Wang offers a personal perspective on the turbulent Cultural Revolution and the years that followed. For most Westerners, Tiananmen Square is synonymous with the bloody massacre the Chinese government ordered in 1989 to quell students' pro-democracy demonstrations. For Shui-Bo Wang and others of his generation, Tiananmen Square was the central symbol of the new China--a society to be based on equality and cooperation. This animated documentary artfully traces Shui-Bo's roots and his own life journey. A Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, he also served in the military as a propaganda poster artist and went on to become an artist and teacher during the 1980s. With deft strokes, he powerfully renders both the idealism and the intolerance of a revolutionary society. Colliding icons of Mao and Coca-Cola, Tiananmen Square and the Statue of Liberty underline the extraordinary power of symbols. Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square is the affecting testimony of an artist struggling to sort through ideology and arrive at truth.

1998, 29 min 25 s

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Gemini Award for Best History/Biography Documentary program
Gemini Awards
October 29 2000, Toronto - Canada

Most Popular Asian Canadian Director Award
Amerasia International Film and Video Festival
December 2 to 12 1999, Montréal - Canada

Bronze Plaque Award - Category: Social Issues
International Film and Video Festival
October 19 to 22 1999, Columbus - USA

Gold Apple Award
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 30 to 31 1999, Oakland - USA

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Documentary short Subject
Yorkton Film Festival
May 13 to 16 1999, Yorkton - Canada

Award - Category: Best Short Documentary
Hot Docs
May 5 to 9 1999, Toronto - Canada

Certificate of Merit
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
April 22 to May 6 1999, San Francisco - USA

Gold Award - Category: Film and Video Production / Political/International Issues division
WorldFest - International Film Festival
April 9 to 18 1999, Houston - USA

Best Film Award - Category: Issues of War and Peace
Vermont International Film Festival
October 22 to 25 1998, Burlington - USA