THE EXILES

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In 1989, documentarian, activist, and iconoclast Christine Choy filmed the leaders of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement following the June 4th massacre. Midway through production, the project was abandoned and the footage was all but forgotten. Directors Violet Columbus and Ben Klein follow Choy as she returns to the never before seen archive, and the stories of three key figures during the protests, who remain political exiles to this day.

2022 | USA | 96 mins

Filmmakers

Ben Klein and Violet Columbus, Directors

Ben Klein & Violet Columbus are the co-directors of The Exiles. They met in Christine Choy’s documentary film class at NYU and have been working together ever since. Klein & Columbus co-directed their NYU thesis film, Willy, starring Allen Havey, in 2016.