United States / Taiwan / France / China 2021, 95 min, English and Chinese, Hebrew & English subtitles

33 years ago, they stood in Tiananmen Square facing the Chinese military forces, and for a moment, dared to believe they could kick-start a democratic revolution. They have been living in exile ever since. The leaders of the 1989 nonviolent student protest had to flee China and seek asylum in the US and Hong Kong. Chinese-Korean-American filmmaker Christine Choy filmed them back then, when they were still floating on waves of euphoria. Now, after her former students found her old unfinished film, she goes to meet them again, armed with the same footage, which never saw the light of day. The meeting between the exiled ex-dreamers and the fearless eccentric documentarian evokes some intellectually and emotionally loaded conversations about belonging, family, nationality, and identity. The film won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

Previous Festivals: Sundance

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Screening Schedule:
  • Mon 30.05 | 13:30 | Venue Cinematheque 2
  • Sat 04.06 | 20:30 | Venue Cinematheque 2
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Ben Klein is a NY-based director, producer, & cinematographer. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016. As a freelance director and cinematographer Ben has worked for a number of companies including Huffpost, Condé Nast, CBS, and Interbrand. The Exiles is his debut feature film.

Violet Columbus is a writer-director currently living in New York City. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts In 2016. The Exiles is her debut feature film.

Production: Maria Chiu
Production Company: Exilesfilm LLC
Editing: Connor K. Smith
Cinematography: Connor K. Smith, Alexander J. Hufschmid
Research: Vivian Z. Hu
Sound Design: Philip Kim, Mihir Chitale
Music: Onyx Collective

Source: WME / Endeavor Content