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Pioneering filmmaker Hu Jie (胡杰) uncovers the tragic story of a teacher beaten to death by her students during the Cultural Revoution.
In 1966, the Cultural Revolution exploded throughout China, as Mao's Red Guards persecuted suspected Rightists. Bian Zhongyun, the vice principal of a prestigious school in Beijing, was beaten to death by her own students, becoming one of the first victims of the revolutionary violence that would engulf the entire nation.
In THOUGH I AM GONE, Hu draws upon photographs taken by Bian's husband, Wang Jingyao, whose impulse to document his wife's death makes him a spiritual forebear to Hu's fearless work. Hu also incorporates vivid accounts from surviving witnesses and archival footage to depict the deadly madness of the era. The result is "a profoundly moving memorial to the victims of Mao's senseless political violence" (Dan Edwards, Real Time Arts).
...nearly five decades on from Ms Bian's horrifying murder, one of the school's students has apologised for what is often described as the first such killing of the Cultural Revolution.
"I would like to express my ongoing grief and apologies to principal Bian," Song Binbin told the Beijing News, according to a translation by Hong Kong's South China Morning Post. "The inability to protect school leaders is my lifelong regret.