25 years later: Reflecting on the Tiananmen Square massacre

Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, one of the most significant events in China’s modern history and the country’s struggle with freedom of speech. More so than any conflict of the Cold War era, the incident at Tiananmen Square owes its iconic status in large part to the powerful images and videos that emerged. As anyone who has seen the famous Tank Man photo can attest, this was an event told through visuals.

Appropriately, a number of high-quality documentaries have been produced about the circumstances leading to the massacre and its aftermath. We highly recommend viewing these films in commemoration of a landmark demonstration that will reverberate for years to come.

The China Story – VHS 2280
Declassified: Tiananmen Square – Streaming video
The Gate of Heavenly Peace – DVD 10735
The Gate of Heavenly Peace: Tiananmen Square, June 4th, 1989 – Streaming video
Moving the Mountain – VHS 4590
Reform in Crisis: The Aftermath of Tiananmen – VHS 3251 no. 1
The Tank Man – DVD 2251
The Tiananmen Hostage: Fang Lizhi – Streaming video
Tragedy at Tiananmen: The Untold Story – DVD 11328

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