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Eternal Spring (86 Minute Version)

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Catalogue Number:  LSD169
Producer:  Lofty Sky Distribution
Producers:  Loftus, Jason
Directors:  Loftus, Jason
Producing Agencies:  Lofty Sky Entertainment
Subject:  Animation, Arts, Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Diversity, Documentary, History, Media and Communications, Religious Studies, Social Issues, Social Sciences, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2022
Running Time:  85:38

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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 (長春) 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.

Program is in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Also available as a 58 minute version.

Also available as a 86 minute version with French subtitles.


Canada’s Entry for the 2023 OSCARS® - Best International Feature Film

2023 SIMA Award Winner - Best Director

2023 Vancouver Film Critics Award - Best Canadian Documentary

50th Annie Awards Nominee - Best Writing in a Feature Film

2023 Rockie Awards Winner - Grand Jury Prize

2022 WIFF Prize in Canadian Film Nominee

Hot Docs 2022 – Winner – Audience Award: Best Documentary

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2022 - Winner - “Peter Wintonick” Fischer Audience Award (Best International Feature)/ Winner - Hellenic Parliament Human Values Award

San Francisco Documentary Festival 2022 - Winner - Special Jury Prize - Spirit of Activism Award

Budapest International Documentary Film Festival 2023 - Winner - Audience Award

Best Historical Documentary 

AIB - Association for International Broadcasting

BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY (Rogers Group of Funds) – Sundar Prize Film Festival

The only film qualified for the 2023 Academy Awards® in all three of Best Documentary Feature, Best Animated Feature and Best International Feature categories.

“A heartfelt journey to reconnect to the past and unearth uncomfortable, but necessary truths…it’s impossible not to be moved by the stories of these survivors and the ones they’ve lost” —The Globe and Mail

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