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Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square

Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square

| 29 min

The NFB's 63rd Oscar®-nominated film.

Shui-Bo Wang's feature documentary is a visual autobiography of an artist who grew up in China during the historic upheavals of the ‘60s, '70s and '80s. A rich collage of original artwork and family and archival photos presents a personal perspective on the turbulent Cultural Revolution and the years that followed. 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 as he struggles to sort through ideology and arrive at truth.

  • direction
    Shui-Bo Wang
  • artwork
    Shui-Bo Wang
  • narration
    Shui-Bo Wang
  • original music
    Melissa Hui
  • performer
    Pierre Béluse
    Marie-Danielle Parent
    Fang Liu
    The Morency Quartet
    Lise Beauchamp
    Edith Boivin
    Danièle Bourget
    Manon Lafrance
    André Moisan
    Denis Marc
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Lynda Pelley
  • main title
    Yu Li
  • intertitles
    Yu Li
  • narration recording
    Nathalie Morin
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Andrew Harder
  • picture editing
    Donald McWilliams
  • sound editing
    Donald McWilliams
  • assistant sound editor
    Karen Feiertag
  • negative cutting
    Claudine Blain
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • program administrator
    Gisèle Guilbeault
    Carrol Smith
  • producer
    Donald McWilliams
    Barrie Angus McLean
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
    Barrie Angus McLean


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Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
History - World History
History and Citizenship Education - Official Powers and Countervailing Powers (1608-present)

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