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Human Rights & The Voice of the People

Ep. 594

Jason Loftus and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Eternal Spring human rights, the lens of the artist, universals, Aristotle and poetry, activism

versus pacifism, and the nuts and bolts of disinformation.

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Synopsis:

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.

About Jason:

A Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee, Jason’s work spans documentary, docuseries, virtual reality, narrative games,

and animation. Jason produced the docuseries on Chinese cuisine, Confucius Was a Foodie, which was named Best Food Series on TV at the 2021 Taste Awards. It

has aired in over 100 territories worldwide, including on PBS stations across the US and NatGeo People Asia.

Jason’s directorial debut in a documentary feature, together with Eric Pedicelli, was called Ask No Questions and premiered in competition at Slamdance in 2020. It

won the Copper Wing (Best World Cinema) at the Phoenix Film Festival, was endorsed by artist Ai Weiwei, and was nominated by Film Threat as 2021’s Best Socially

Relevant Documentary, among other honours.

Eternal Spring is Jason’s follow-up to Ask No Questions and his second documentary feature as director.

Image Copyright and Credit: Film participant and illustrator Daxiong & Lofty Sky Pictures.

F2F Music and Image CopyrightDavid Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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