Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo: The Man Who Defied Beijing

Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo: The Man Who Defied Beijing. Photo: RSF
Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo: The Man Who Defied Beijing. Photo: RSF

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, you can join Reporters Without Borders (a.k.a. Reporters Sans Frontieres or RSF) for an exclusive UK advance screening of ‘The Man who Defied Beijing’ on Thursday 30 May.

It is a film on the life of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. The event will include a conversation with filmmaker Pierre Haski and dissident activist and Tiananmen student leader Wu’er Kaixi.

Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, hero of the 1989 Tiananmen student’s uprising, was imprisoned for 9 years and released in 2017 only to die a few weeks later.

The Nobel Committee had announced the Nobel Peace Prize 2010 for Liu who spearheaded a peaceful movement in China to see democratization of the political process in that country.

Nobel Committee said that the Chinese Government bears a heavy responsibility for his premature death, as Liu was not allowed to go abroad for medical treatment.

Liu was seized from his home in Beijing by the police on December 8, 2009, the original launch date of Charter 08, a blueprint stemming from civil society’s calls for fundamental legal and political reform in China.

Liu Xiaobo left a political legacy under the form of a long interview delivered before his arrest. ‘The Man who Defied Beijing’ film is his legacy supplemented with the testimonials of those closest to him.

The film premieres on 4th June on ARTE in France.

Photo: RSF

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