Mao Zedong or Mao Tse-tung, founder of the People’s Republic of China, wanted to enter history as the “Great Helmsman“ who led his country into a new and better era by means of rigorous socialist transformations in economy, culture and society. But his rule was marked by terror, violence and despotism.
DVD I shows the unpheaval of feudal China and the problems of the country, which is ravaged by continuous civil war and invasions. Soon enough, Mao is involved in politics, has to flee and sets out on his ”Long March“. The Communists come to power and the first great social revolution takes place.
DVD II illustrates the oppression of the Chinese people and politicians’ various campaigns to stay in power. The extent of the mass hysteria of the Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the personality cult around Mao are demonstrated, the human rights violations and the almost unimaginable brutality of people against each other are examined.
Together with the extensive accompanying material the DVD is ideally suited for use in the classroom.