About The Exiles

Winner, U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. In 1989, acclaimed documentarian Christine Choy began shooting a film about three exiled dissidents from the Tiananmen Square massacre and their resettlement and activism. The film was never finished, in The Exiles, co-directors Ben Klein and Violet Columbus free the historical footage from the archival vault and employ Choy herself as a lens into the past and present of the Tiananmen three and their lasting impact. [95 min; documentary; English]

A virtual Q&A with Christine Choy will follow the screening. This event is co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center.

"Illuminates the considerable cost of dissent, both then and now." β€” Wendy Ide, Screen International

"The Exiles shows how much its subjects gave up and how little they won. Americans who hope to still have a democracy 20, 10, or even two years from now should take note." β€” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

"Shanghai-born filmmaker Christine Choy is a character so incandescent that she's every bit as powerful in front of the camera as she is behind itβ€”a fact that Violet Columbus and Ben Klein's The Exiles seizes upon from the moment it starts." β€” David Ehrlich, IndieWire


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