Friday, April 14, 2006

Stopping the Tanks

In 1989 a single man stood before a column of tanks, trying to stop the Chinese army's bloody repression of dissidents in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The image of his brave defiance against tyranny inspired people fighting for freedom across the globe. Filmmaker Antony Thomas went to China to find out what happened to this hero. His documentary "Tank Man," shown on PBS' Frontline this week, tells an extraordinary tale of one man's courage and impact on the world, of China's economic boom but enduring political repression since the 1989 uprising, and of the complicity of some American corporations in helping the Chinese government continue its brutal censorship of dissent.


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