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" A single spark can start a prairie fire"

BEIJING SPRING

05-14.03.2021 - Beijing Spring worldwide premiere at FIFDH - International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights - Geneva - more information and tickets 

11-21.03.2021​ - Beijing Spring showing at M+ Screenings Online: Cinema, Disrupted program - Hong Kong - more information soon 

​16-28.03.2021 - Beijing Spring to open FIFA - The International Festival of Film on Art - Toronto - more information and tickets

NEWS!

Hidden 16mm Film Footage Revealed for the First Time after 40 Years

 

Reminiscent of what is happening in Hong Kong today, this is a story about underground film-making, radical art, and censorship. At Democracy Wall in Beijing in 1978, The “Stars”, a group of self-taught artists (including a young Ai Weiwei) challenged propaganda art by showing their new art that championed individuality and free expression, often exposing the inhumanity of the Cultural Revolution. Meanwhile, editor and essayist Wei Jingsheng posted his essays calling for democracy. Further provoked by the Stars exhibits and protest demonstrations, the authorities cracked down, closing Democracy Wall, imprisoning many, and slamming the door on this brief period of reform. Recording it all was a daring young filmmaker named Chi Xiaoning. Hidden for decades, Chi’s footage of these exciting times will now be featured in Beijing Spring for the first time ever.  

 
 

PRESS

UTOPIA3 - 07.2020

Lors de cet entretien, Andy Cohen revient sur ce qui l’a amené à réaliser «Beijing Spring». A travers un film d’archives 16 mm caché aux autorités chinoises pendant plus de trois décennies, il nous fait découvrir l’histoire censurée des « Étoiles », un group d’artistes underground chinois dont les membres, à la mort de Mao Zedong, ont cherché à tout prix à librement s’exprimer et à protester - non sans lourdes conséquences ultérieures.  

WORLD RADIO SWITZERLAND - 03.2020

Andy Cohen on his film Beijing Spring

Filmmaker Andy Cohen spoke to Katt about his new film Beijing Spring. The film uses never before seen footage hidden from the authorities for 35 years and chronicles China's first democracy movement.

HEIDI NEWS - 03.2020

«Beijing Spring», témoignage inédit d’une expérience démocratique

"Fin des années 70 à Pékin. Dans un éphémère espace de liberté, artistes et activistes (dont Wei Jingsheng, Xu Wenli et le jeune Ai Weiwei) se retrouvent autour du Mur de la démocratie, le réalisateur américain Andy Cohen retrace cette histoire inconnue."

M+ STORIES - 03.2020

The Story of Chi Xiaoning and His Smuggled Camera

This is a story about underground film-making, radical art, and censorship. In 1979, Chi Xiaoning created his Film of Star Group Activities of 1979. It is the only known video documenting the radical activities of the Stars Group, an avant-garde group of artists from China who championed individuality and freedom of expression. The only copy of the footage is in the M+ Collections.

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FESTIVALS

Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

Montreal International Festival of Films  on Art

 
 

Andrew Cohen

Andrew "Andy" Cohen is an independent filmmaker and journalist. Much of his work is investigative and human rights-based.

He produced, directed or wrote several award-winning documentaries such as Dealers among Dealers (1996), Killing Kasztner (2008), Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012), The World Before Her (2012), Hooligan Sparrow (2016), Human Flow (2017), Ximei (2019), which were shown at the FIFDH Geneva, Venice Film Festival, Telluride, Tribeca, Traverse City, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival among others, and broadcast on PBS, BBC, UK Ch4, ARTE, Netflix, and Amazon.

Cohen also directed and wrote a nine-part series of short films on China’s leading contemporary artists in collaboration with Art Asia Pacific for which he is a contributing editor.

The following feature length documentaries are currently in post production: 

Send Us Your Brother (2022),

Talking Tacheles(2022), 

The Village Gate (2023), 

Title Shot (2023), 

The Tibetan Void (2023).

Gaylen Ross

Gaylen Ross has directed, produced, and written award-winning documentary films for over 25 years, premiering in national and international film festivals.

She has had two films previously in the Berlin International Film Festival: the Emmy award-winning Blood Money: Switzerland’s Nazi Gold, a feature-length documentary on the Swiss Banks and the Holocaust accounts, and her film on diamond dealers Dealers Among Dealers which aired on PBS’ P.O.V and is considered the only inside look into this very cloistered world. Among her films, Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis, was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, broadcast BBC Storyville, shown in 11 countries and has enjoyed an unprecedented theatrical release in the US, Israel and France. It was named by the LA Times as one of the best documentary films of 2010. Her latest film Caris' Peace about an actress who lost her memory premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival, won first place Athens Film Festival, Ohio; and presented as the featured film for the Rubin Museum of Art’s Brainwave series in New York.

Currently Ms. Ross is in post–production on her film Title Shot, a stark chronicle of professional boxing through the rise and fall of 1990’s junior middleweight contender Godfrey Nyakana as it focuses its lens on sides of the sweet science rarely seen and with Andy Cohen on the documentary the Village Gate.

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DIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY ANDY COHEN CO DIRECTOR AND WRITER GAYLEN ROSS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ANDY COHEN
PRODUCERS ANDY COHEN GAYLEN ROSS CONSTANCE LE MARIÉ
ORIGINAL MUSIC MATT CLIFFORD DAMIAN LAZARUS ZHOU YUNPENG
EDITOR ANDREW FORD 

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