“People need to understand that the US-China relationship is probably the most important relationship of the 21st century and that conflict is not an option. You have to understand the Chinese, and that includes understanding their revolution and where they are today, after the revolution.”
Sidney Rittenberg has spent his life as a bridge builder between different cultures, different languages, and different societies, always in the pursuit of social justice. He has been a witness to, and a participant in, extraordinary historical events in both American and Chinese history. The Revolutionary is an intimate, unflinching account of Sidney Rittenberg's journey through the 20th century's biggest revolution.
Stourwater Pictures is pleased to be working with Irv Drasnin on The Revolutionary. Irv's career in documentary filmmaking and broadcast journalism includes thirty-five years at CBS News and Public Television with extensive experience in China. His thirty documentaries include Misunderstanding China (1972), Shanghai (1974), Looking for Mao (1983), and China After Tiananmen (1992). Among his many awards for outstanding documentary film are the DuPont-Columbia Award (twice), the Director’s Guild, the Writer’s Guild (twice), the American Film and Video Festival (twice) and Christopher awards (twice). Mr. Drasnin holds a Master’s degree from Harvard in East Asian Studies with a specialization in China and taught the documentary film program at Stanford (1980-82). He also was a founding member of The China Council of the Asia Society and its co-chairman (1981-83).
“On the one hand, this film is very much about China and the American experience in China and from a depth and perspective we rarely have the opportunity to experience. It doesn’t often get this personal, or insightful, or revealing. But it is also very much an American story, a story of idealism and disillusion and self-examination. There’s nothing more American than bringing our ideals and hopes and good-will to bear upon injustice, wherever we find it.”
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