In 1958, nine years after coming to power Moa wanted to bring China out of its almost medieval state of underdevelopment. He launched a program of industrialisation in towns and in the country intended to take China into the promised land of the socialist paradise in less than 15 years, it was the Great Leap Forward. But the crazy dream quickly became a nightmare and dragged 650 million Chinese people into hell.
It wasn’t long before the country sank into economic chaos which caused an unprecedented famine the terrible death toll was around 45 million. Even today Mao is an untouchable icon as the founding father of red China he holds the nation together and gives legitimacy to the current authorities. So as not to damage his image the Chinese Communist Party has maintained a deafening silence on this tragedy for 50 years.
For the first time this film is raising the curtain on this bloody episode in Chinese history.
Directed by: Patrick Cabouat , Philippe Grangereau