Storm under the Sun 红日风暴,2009
Directed by Peng Xiaolian彭小莲 and S. Louisa Wei魏时煜
Mandarin and English with English subtitles, 137 min.
This film documents the persecution of Hu Feng, a renowned writer and literary critic who championed artistic freedom and was jailed and purged in the 1950s. Hu was the first intellectual to be singled out and directly condemned by Mao. Initiated upon his arrest in 1955, the party-state’s Anti–Hu Feng Counter-Revolutionary Group Campaign led to the imprisonment of seventy-eight other Chinese intellectuals and the incrimination of more than 2,100 people. Throughout his long imprisonment and ever since his rehabilitation in 1981, Hu has remained a symbol of intellectual freedom to younger writers. This documentary, the first to examine these events after more than a half-century, invites survivors of the “storm” to reveal the truths that lie beneath China’s official history.
Part of the film festival “Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017” cocurated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen.
Film screenings are free with museum admission.
Organized by the Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Presented in collaboration with PEN America. Support is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation.