Screening Eternal Spring in your classroom provides a window into several pressing topics for your students. The film complements coursework in areas including human rights, religious studies, political science, Asian and Chinese studies, arts courses such as animation, illustration, art therapy, and so much more. Watching films together is an innovative and emotionally engaging way to start meaningful conversations with your students, deepen knowledge and understanding, build and strengthen an open-minded and inclusive culture, and create change starting with your school or institution.
DIRECTED BY JASON LOFTUS | ANIMATED DOCUMENTARY | 86 MINUTES | 2022
In March 2002, a state TV signal in China is hacked by members of the banned spiritual group Falun Gong. Their goal is to counter the government narrative about their practice.
In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and comic book illustrator Daxiong (Justice League, Star Wars), a Falun Gong practitioner, is forced to flee. He arrives in North America, blaming the hijacking for worsening a violent repression. But his views are challenged when he meets the lone surviving participant to have escaped China, now living in Seoul, South Korea.
Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong’s art, Eternal Spring retraces the event on its 20th anniversary, and brings to life an unprecedented story of defiance, harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution, and an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religious freedoms, no matter the cost.