The Gate of Heavenly Peace


3h 10m 1996

Brief Synopsis

On June 4th, 1989, students and workers occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square and the world watched China struggle with this wrenching upheaval in the name of democracy. Filmmakers Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon reveal the complexity of the event which, tragically, led to a deepening of political rep

Film Details

Also Known As
Gate of Heavenly Peace
Release Date
1996

Technical Specs

Duration
3h 10m

Synopsis

On June 4th, 1989, students and workers occupied Beijing's Tiananmen Square and the world watched China struggle with this wrenching upheaval in the name of democracy. Filmmakers Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon reveal the complexity of the event which, tragically, led to a deepening of political repression.

Crew

David Allen

On-Line Editor

Alberta Arthurs

Special Thanks To

Geremie Barme

Screenplay

Geremie Barme

Production

Geremie Barme

Consultant

Luna Behar

Production Assistant

Rosalind Bentley

Researcher

Nancy Berliner

Researcher

Bob Bernstein

Special Thanks To

Laurie Block

Special Thanks To

Tom Brokaw

Special Thanks To

Tim Callahan

Sound Recordist

Tim Callahan

Line Producer

John Cameron

Sound Recordist

Karen Cariani

Researcher

David Carnochan

Production

David Carnochan

Editor

Katherine Ch'iu Hinton

Special Thanks To

K C Chang

Special Thanks To

Nora Chang

Researcher

Nora Chang

Associate Producer

Shou Cheng

Camera

Pearl Chou

Special Thanks To

Charles Phred Churchill

Editor

Cathy Clayton

Researcher

John Crowley

Screenplay

Phil Cunningham

Special Thanks To

Jimmy Daglish

Colorist

Aaron Deneberg

Negative Cutting

Dorothy Edelman

Special Thanks To

Jack Edelman

Special Thanks To

Raye Farr

Researcher

Eileen Finkelstein

Editing

Michael Frisch

Consultant

Joan Gaines

Special Thanks To

John Gaines

Special Thanks To

Mia Galison

Researcher

Elliot Gamson

Negative Cutting

Merle Goldman

Consultant

Harriet Gordon

Special Thanks To

Richard Gordon

Producer

Richard Gordon

Cinematographer

Howard Granowitz

Special Thanks To

Scott Greathead

Special Thanks To

Alex Griswold

Sound Recordist

David Haas

Special Thanks To

Harry Harding

Consultant

Shady Hartshorne

Editing

Nancy Hearst

Special Thanks To

Gail Hershatter

Production

Gail Hershatter

Consultant

Carma Hinton

Producer

William Hinton

Special Thanks To

Dong Hua

Associate Producer

David Jackson

Special Thanks To

Linda Jaivin

Special Thanks To

Lewanne Jones

Researcher

Ed Joyce

Other

Joanne Kaliontzis

Titles

Phyllis Kaufman

Special Thanks To

Kathy Kennedy

Special Thanks To

Kathy Kline

Associate Producer

Peter Kovler

Producer

Marty Kurcias

Special Thanks To

Nick Kurzon

Other

Ellen Laing

Consultant

Banary K Lam

Special Thanks To

Leo Lee

Consultant

D W Leitner

Associate Producer

Joy Lewis

Special Thanks To

Debbie Lou

Special Thanks To

Juan Mandelbaum

Wrangler

Frank Marshall

Special Thanks To

Greg Mccleary

Audio Post-Production

Zhang Meixi

Special Thanks To

Robin Munro

Special Thanks To

Andrew Nathan

Consultant

Barry Naughton

Consultant

Dede Nickerson

Associate Producer

William Parish

Consultant

Rick Pendleton

Special Thanks To

Elizabeth Perry

Consultant

Mark Pevsner

Music

Kim Roberts

Sound Recordist

Kim Roberts

Researcher

Kim Roberts

Associate Producer

Valerie Samson

Archival Footage

Orville Schell

Producer

Walter Scheuer

Special Thanks To

Emily Scott

Special Thanks To

Ed Searles

Other

R Shulsky

Special Thanks To

David Shadrack Smith

Sound Recordist

Bertha Sneck

Special Thanks To

Jonathan Spence

Consultant

Louise Stevenson

Special Thanks To

Lynn Szwaja

Special Thanks To

Elizabeth Taylor-mead

Researcher

Geof Thurber

Audio Post-Production

Susie Tompkins

Special Thanks To

Audrey Un

Production Assistant

Andrew Walder

Consultant

Kai S Wang

Associate Producer

Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Consultant

Barbara Watkins

Special Thanks To

Dick Williams

Camera

Lise Yasui

Producer

Michael Yetter

Negative Cutting

Liang Yi

Special Thanks To

Phyllis Yongyu

Special Thanks To

Marilyn Young

Consultant

Film Details

Also Known As
Gate of Heavenly Peace
Release Date
1996

Technical Specs

Duration
3h 10m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in Australia October 22, 1996

Released in United States May 17, 1996

Released in United States Spring May 17, 1996

Broadcast in USA over PBS on series "Frontline" June 4, 1996.

Shown at 19th Asian American International Film Festival July 19-21 & 25-28, 1996.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (market) February 15-26, 1996.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 29 - October 15, 1995.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.

Shown in New York City (MoMA) as part of series "Nota Bene" April 11 & 14, 1996.

color

Dolby

Filmmaker Carma Hinton was born in China to American parents and lived there until age 21, when she moved to the United States to attend the University of Pennsylvania. Her father, William Hinton, is a prominent scholar who has examined China's land reform in his books "Fanshen" and "Shenfan."

Released in United States May 17, 1996 (Laemmle's Grande; Los Angeles)

Released in United States Spring May 17, 1996

Released in Australia October 22, 1996