MAKING MAO is a documentary that details the impact of half a century of Mao Zedong-centered propaganda. From the founding of the new China in 1949 to the 10-year-long catastrophic Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) to the contemporary depiction of Mao within pop culture, the images of the Chairman still evoke a mixture of feelings - including respect, pressure and fear - from most Chinese people. The film also reveals other popular modes of propaganda used during this age, such as the modern Beijing opera that was promoted by Jiang Qing (Mao's last wife) to depict good and evil in modern China and ballet dances such as Bai Mao Nu (The Whitehaired Girl) which portrayed peasants as heroes and landlords as capitalist villains. MAKING MAO examines what created and perpetuated this mass hysteria, and revisits the art that would both shape and nearly destroy a nation.
Length: 52 minutes