China and Inner Asia
Directed by Hu Jie. 2019. China. 114 minutes.
Country/region featured: China
Recognized as the first artist to unflinchingly document and represent the erased years of the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution, Hu Jie is one of China’s most essential historians. Against great odds, he has produced a fearless and invaluable body of documentary work—the latest of which is the incendiary film Spark. More than a decade in the making, the subject of this remarkable film is the underground magazine Spark, which shone a light on the horrific realities of life during the Great Leap Forward. Acclaimed artist Hu Jie tracks down the surviving men and women who created Spark—including founder Gu Yan—documenting their harrowing stories on the record for the first time.
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