"On June 5, 1989, one day after the Chinese army's deadly crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured on film and video by Western journalists, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the struggle for freedom around the world."
"The gates of heavenly peace," and "The Tank man": two frontline documentaries on the tiananmen square massacre
In 1996, and ten years later in 2006, PBS produced two excellent documentaries on the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the events leading to June 4th: respectively, "The Gates of Heavenly Peace" and "The Tank Man." We have included links to excerpts of "The Gates of Heavenly Peace," and a link to the full video of "The Tank Man." Below is a brief summary of "The Tank Man."
Tiananmen Massacre Presentation