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A Day to Remember from Freewaves on Vimeo.

A Day to Remember
2005
by Liu Wei

Biography: Liu Wei was born in in the People's Republic of China. He lives and works in Beijing.

China’s suppression of the memory of the June 4 massacre of demonstrators in Beijing in 1989 is a perennial and important subject of commentary. Much written on the subject is excellent, but little I’ve seen describes repressed memory in action as powerfully or succinctly as this 13-minute film, which was shot in 2005 in Beijing on the campus of Peking University and in Tiananmen Square.

Perhaps appropriately, the film which is titled 忘却的一天 or “A Day Forgotten,” is called “A Day to Remember” in the English version I found on Vimeo. Filmmaker Liu Wei spends the day of June 4, 2005 simply asking passersby, “Do you know what day it is today?” What results are conversations not easily forgotten

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Everyone loves YouTube right? Wrong.



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Depending on where you live, free and open access to the information and entertainment found on the Internet might seem like more of a right than a privilege. But for folks who live in some of the world’s more restrictive societies, some or even most of the Internet remains tantalizingly out of reach, blocked by government censors and their firewalls.

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On Saturday 20 July 2013, in the basement of the Guardian’s office in Kings Cross, London, watched by two GCHQ technicians, Guardian editors destroyed hard drives and memory cards on which encrypted files leaked by Edward Snowden had been stored. This is the first time footage of the event has been released.

The idiocy of this is astounding and shows just how much authorities have no idea how technology works.

The Prime Minister of a country sends a cabinet secretary to personally intimidate a newspaper editor. The Prime Minister’s Deputy National Security Adviser threatens to shut down the newspaper. Government agents get sent over to supervise the physical destruction of source material.

It’s what you’d expect from some kind of tin-pot dictatorship without any regards for freedom of speech or freedom of the press – but no, this is Great Britain in the 21st century.

There is a delusion among politicians that, by destroying a computer, you destroy the information. They did not think that 1) the information had already been published online and other people made copies or 2) that the newspaper likely had copies and the originals were safe somewhere else and could be copied and published again.

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