Join the Center for Marxist Education Film Series and the China Discussion Group on Sunday, July 10 from 6 PM - 9 PM at the CME, 550 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
"Mao Zedong, 1969" -- US National Film Archives (59 minutes)
Continuing the CME program series on the balanced assessment of the cultural revolution on its 50th anniversary.
A documentary film from the CIA library shows seldom seen footage giving accurate historical background to the Chinese Revolution. Focusing on the period from the Opium War to the victory of the revolution in 1949, the documentary conveys much accurate information from the May 4, 1919 movement, the alliance with KMT in 1920s, and the anti-Japanese war and civil war periods. Importance of the united front to oppose the Japanese invasion, land reform policy of land to the tillers, and rectification campaigns are all covered. The film opens and closes with footage of the cultural revolution and exalting the leading role of Mao. Chinese politics today cannot be understand without an appreciation of Chinese history, especially the twists and turns of the revolution.