Ghosts of China’s Maoist past haunt the present

China News

 Director Wang Xiaoshuai (R) poses with cast members Qin Hao (L) and Lu Zhong during the red carpet for the movie 'Chuangru zhe' (Red amnesia) at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 4 2014. Director Wang Xiaoshuai (R) poses with cast members Qin Hao (L) and Lu Zhong during the red carpet for the movie ‘Chuangru zhe’ (Red amnesia) at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 4 2014.

The Chinese film “Red Amnesia” shown in Venice is partly a ghost story that may or may not have a ghost, but its portrayal of how the Cultural Revolution left a trail of twisted lives that haunts China today is unambiguous and devastating.

The film by “Beijing Bicycle” director Wang Xiaoshuai is in competition for the Venice Film Festival‘s top Golden Lion prize to be awarded on Saturday.

“It’s now been over 30 years since the economic reforms began being implemented in China,” Wang said at a post-screening news conference on Thursday.

“Yet we have not been freed from the influences of the past and in our minds, we have not completely been able to…

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