Few events of the 20th century have dramatically engulfed so large a proportion of humanity as China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Amidst widespread violence and disorder, an estimated half-million Chinese died. Morning Sun provides a multi-perspective view of this tumultuous period as seen through the eyes of members of the generation that was born around the time of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and that came of age in the 1960s. Others join them in creating in the film’s conversation about the period and the psycho-emotional topography of high-Maoist China, as well as the enduring legacy of that period.
Morning Sun is not a comprehensive or chronological history of the Cultural Revolution as such; nor is it a study of elite politics or of student factionalism. The film is, rather, a psychological history. It is also an exploration of the cultures and convictions, as well as the historical events, that created the impetus, language, style, and content of the period — the films and plays, the music and ideas, the rhetoric and ideologies, the education and the aspirations, the frustrations and fantasies, as well as the realities and ardor — of a new revolution that strove to redefine the very idea of revolution.
- Richard GordonProducer
- Carma HintonProducer