Totalitarian propaganda takes many forms, for example, the Soviet-era paintings where everyone looks stoically to the horizon, or, the Nazi film “The Triumph of the Will”.
These more stoic examples aside, some propaganda is more lighthearted. Back in 1943, for example, an American fan portrayed Joseph Stalin as a kindhearted man instead of as the brutal killer of millions. And, despite his body-count of even more millions, Chairman Mao’s fatherly smile still adorns posters across China to this day.
And now, according to the UK’s The Guardian, Beijing has made a musical inspired by the 2016 American hit, “La-La Land.” But, the purpose of this Chinese film called “The Wings of Songs,” is to convince viewers there’s nothing to the ongoing genocide of Muslim Uyghurs.
The truth is far more brutal and ugly than the film portrays. If we’re going to stand for human rights in the face of a new holocaust, we must tell the truth of what’s happening in the Xinxiang province.
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