Watch this video. What do you think? Fantastic hey. Amazing effects, beautifully shot, great use of lenses.
Didn’t you wish you were there? No need, Dan Chung nailed it. Infact I would bet £50 his video is probably more exciting than the actual event, he’s certainly made every effort to make it look and feel as spectacular as possible. I’m not the only person who thought so. To date a staggering 2.1 million people have seen this video on Vimeo.
Then think again.
Think about what you are watching. Weapons of murder and oppression presented beautifully in slow motion, glamorized by the shallow depth of view of Chung’s cameras.
Think a bit deeper.
Could the Communist party’s ministry of propaganda have delivered anything better, could Chung have served up a visual feast that does anything more to gloss over the truth of the last 60 years of communist rule?
Here’s some context.
During Mao’s reign between 50-80 million people died unnecessarily, many of them murdered, millions more forced into slavery. That is the legacy of the communist party in China. Not the only legacy. There is much to be applauded but when you put a mass murderer on trial you don’t let them off because they paint pretty pictures in their spare time.
A truth, that in its full horror is hard to grasp, becomes unimaginable when we are fed a diet of propaganda and lies.
Maybe Chung wanted to get us thinking, it’s the argument he can always fall back on, but it’s a meaning that will be lost on the vast majority of viewers and one that serves Chung more than the families buried by this regime.