1966, My Time in the Red Guards | Chicago Reader

1966, My Time in the Red Guards

Wu Wenguang?s 1993 video documents China?s Cultural Revolution through the eyewitness accounts of five people who survived it. All five now rank among China's elite, and even in the 60s they were privileged, gaining access to Red Guard rallies through their class; their memories of the era resonate with revolutionary fervor, wistful nostalgia, and uneasy ambivalence. As in Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers, Wu has a knack for asking the right questions and recording the most revealing gestures and expressions. Equally impressive is his narrative device of interspersing interviews with footage of Cobra, a contemporary all-girl punk band, as they write, rehearse, and perform a song about the watershed year 1966: the parallel searches for meaning connect the generations.

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