Upcoming Animation Events

Event Event Date Event Time


 June 1, 2022
through June 12, 2022
 8:45 p.m.
Venue: Roxie Theater and online during the festival



Facing denunciations by the Chinese state media, an engineer named Liang and a hulking grain worker called "Big Truck", who are members of the banned religious faith group Falun Gong, execute a bold and perilous plan to hack into state television.

In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and illustrator Daxiong (Justice League, Star Wars), is forced to flee. He arrives in North America, blaming the hijacking for worsening a violent repression. But his views about the TV hijacking are challenged when he meets the lone surviving participant to have escaped China, now living in Seoul.

Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong’s art, the animation retraces the event--bringing to life an unprecedented story of defiance.

The 86 minute film was made in Canada.

The festival will also present two animated shorts:
  • Dreamer of a Final Theory is an animated conversation with the late, great theoretical physicist & Nobel Laureate, Steven Weinberg.
  • Freedom Swimmer is a film that helps make sense of the present tensions between China and Hong Kong by shedding light on the past. It documents one of the most extraordinary mass escapes of the 20th century – and offers context for a city that has tried to rebel recently. This hybrid, poetic documentary, interweaving extraordinary hand-drawn animation and film, tells the tale of a grandfather’s perilous swim from China to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution. It is a tale that rhythmically parallels his granddaughter’s participation in mass protests now, and the building pressure for her to escape Hong Kong as new National Security Laws set in. This film is a story of fear to freedom.
The festival runs June 1 – 12 at the Roxie in SF.
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