Mao's Great Famine (2012) RTBF
Between 1958 and 1962, China lived through tragedy on an epic scale of The Great Leap Forward
Conceived by Mao so that China could drive industrial output ahead of Great Britain and achieve autonomy from the might of the neighboring USSR
Three years of natural disasters: it is in these terms that the Chinese Communist Party today justifies this terrible outcome. But the tragedy was masked by an official lie, because while China was starving to death, the grain stores were full.
Based on previously unheard testimony by survivors, rare archive footage, secret documents and interviews with the leading historians on this catastrophe, this film provides, for the first time, an insight into the folly of the The Great Leap Forward.
It examines the mechanisms and political decisions that led to famine, stripping away the incredible secrecy surrounding the...