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An immensely valuable three-hour documentary (1995) by Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon about the events in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989—what led up to them, what happened, what ensued. One of the most impressive things about this film is that it's a view from the inside—Hinton has lived for most of her life in China; another is its refusal to adopt a single partisan position or to assume, as the filmmakers put it, “that there is only one correct path for China.” Drawing on a wide array of archival materials, the filmmakers have also made good use of expert advisers such as Orville Schell. This film is likely to revise the very terms of your understanding of the pivotal events it considers.

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