Eternal Spring

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Poster for the film ETERNAL SPRING

Eternal Spring

Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Jason Loftus, moderated by Movies That Matter’s Artistic Director Margje de Koning

In March 2002, a state TV signal in China gets 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 an already 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 told through harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution and incredible artistry.

Eternal Spring is an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religious freedoms, no matter the cost.

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"It's a chronicle of what it means to be on the receiving end of real oppression, wrapped up in a crime procedural... a film that demands to be seen."
Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle
"Distinctively incisive on an emotional level, the film applauds the bravery of its participants to relive a painful shared trauma and create a permanent testament of what they endured."
Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times


Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Jason Loftus, moderated by Movies that Matter's Artistic Director Margje de Koning
Saturday, Oct. 7 2023, 7:00
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Jason Loftus is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. Jason’s work spans documentary, docuseries, virtual reality, narrative games, and animation. His directorial debut in a documentary feature, Ask No Questions, premiered in competition at Slamdance in 2020. Eternal Spring is Jason’s follow-up feature film.

This film is part of the Global Watch: Movies that Matter series.

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