May 3 - 5, 2013
USA | 2012 | 92 minutes | Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers
Experience the extraordinary journey of Sidney Rittenberg, an American who joined the Chinese Communist Party only to be imprisoned for 16 years during Mao's rule.
Documentarians Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers present a compelling look at Rittenberg's turbulent years in China, which were like no other foreigner's in Chinese history. He rose to prominence in the Party, proclaimed by Mao as "an international communist fighter", only to then be condemned by Mao as an "imperialist spy" and imprisoned.
This intimate, unflinching account of Rittenberg's life is a story of ideals and disappointments, power and the abuse of power, and events whose reverberations are still being felt in today's China. Rittenberg led his life with the courage of his convictions. Even more important, he's had the courage to re-examine those convictions, to question his own beliefs and behavior and to do so on-camera for this compelling documentary.
|Director:||Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers|
|Running Time:||92 minutes|