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this is the story of a film that helped change the world. It was made 13 years ago. It had an audience of 600m and its bold message was part of a chain reaction which led to one of the most publicised human rights violations of our times, the Tiananmen Square massacre. Yet few people outside China have heard of it. The recent book documenting the background to the violations, The Tiananmen Papers, doesn’t mention it.

Exactly one year before the events in Beijing of June 1989, a polemical documentary was aired on Chinese television that created the greatest controversy…

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