The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Beijing Spring

United States | 2020 | 100 min
Chinese, French, English | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Robert Richman, Julien Roby
Editing: Andrew Ford
Producer: Andy Cohen, Gaylen Ross, Constance Le Marié
Director: Andy Cohen, Gaylen Ross
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FIFA Competition


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Following the extraordinary discovery of unseen archival footage, which had escaped Chinese censors for over four decades, filmmaker Andy Cohen explores a key moment in China’s history that led to the creation of the Democracy Wall. Digging deep into the political context of the time, the film uncovers a fascinating artistic movement that sought to escape the censorship then gripping the country. Featuring accounts from the artists who worked for freedom, this intriguing documentary takes us back to a pivotal moment in Chinese cultural history.


Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen is an independent filmmaker and journalist whose work is devoted to effecting social change and protecting human rights.

Ximei marks his feature length documentary directorial debut, and Beijing Spring, chronicling China’s first Democracy movement and the brief window of artistic freedom from 1978–1982, following China’s brutal Cultural Revolution, is his second directorial feature documentary.

He produced and co-wrote his first film in 1996: the award-winning Dealers Among Dealers which was an official selection of the Berlin Film Festival, and later, the critically acclaimed Killing Kasztner: The Jew who Dealt with Nazis.

More recently he produced the multi-award-winning documentaries Human Flow, Hooligan Sparrow, The World Before Her and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which were shown at the Venice Film Festival, Telluride, Tribecca, Traverse City, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival among others, and broadcasts on PBS, BBC, UK Ch4, ARTE, Netflix, and Amazon.
As a film director, Andy Cohen directed and wrote a 9-part series of short films on China’s leading contemporary artists.
Cohen is now in post-production on several other feature length documentaries including:The Village Gate: New York City’s iconic venue of jazz, popular music, comedy and theater at the forefront of civil rights movement and integration; Talking Tacheles, the infamous Berlin art house, that symbolizes 110 years of the history of Berlin from its construction in 1907, through Nazi and Communist occupation, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the occupation by artists, until its cooption by real estate investors in 2017.; and as producer, Title Shot a stark chronicle of professional boxing through the rise and fall of 1990’s junior middleweight contender Godfrey Nyakana, directed by Gaylen Ross.

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Gaylen Ross

GAYLEN ROSS has directed, produced, and written award-winning documentary films for over 25 years, premiering in national and international film festivals. She has had two films previously in the Berlin International Film Festival: the Emmy award-winning Blood Money: Switzerland’s Nazi Gold, a feature-length documentary on the Swiss Banks and the Holocaust accounts, and her film on diamond dealers Dealers Among Dealers which aired on PBS’ P.O.V and is considered the only inside look into this very cloistered world. Among her films, Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis, was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, broadcast BBC Storyville, shown in 11 countries and has enjoyed an unprecedented theatrical release in the US, Israel and France. It was named by the LA Times as one of the best documentary films of 2010. Her latest film Caris' Peace about an actress who lost her memory premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival, won first place Athens Film Festival, Ohio; and presented as the featured film for the Rubin Museum of Art’s Brainwave series in New York. Currently Ms. Ross is in post–production on her film TitleShot, a stark chronicle of professional boxing through the rise and fall of 1990’s junior middleweight contender Godfrey Nyakana as it focuses its lens on sides of the sweet science rarely seen. and with Andy Cohen on the documentaries, Beijing Spring and the Village Gate.

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Filmography | Out of Solidarity; Dealers Among Dealers: Killing Kasztner; Caris Peace; To Russia With Love; Not Just Las Vegas; Selling the Dream.

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