June 4, 1989. The government of the People's Republic of China sends tanks to Tien An Men Square in the center of Beijing, which has been occupied by students for six consecutive weeks. An image, broadcasted live by CNN at the time, goes around the world: a protester is standing in front of a column of advancing tanks, forcing them to stop moving. This image, from then on, will be the symbol of the ravage of a democratic movement by a totalitarian regime. But could the true events have been a bit more complex than the events presented in news?
This awarded and well acclaimed documentary presents, through testimonies of the protagonists of the events, everything that preceded the army’s intervention, and sheds light on the dramatic moments that marked the history of modern China.
The first part of the documentary, The Conflict, reveals how the hard-core members of the Communist Party achieved to marginalize the moderate student leaders, as wells as the Secretary of the Communist Party, Zhao Ziyang and his reformist allies within the party, who were seeking a peaceful solution.