Advance screening of 'The Man who Defied Beijing' | Free Word

30 May 2019
18:00 20:00-

Presented by:
Reporters Without Borders


Advance screening and a conversation with Pierre Haski and Wu’er Kaixi

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, join Reporters Without Borders for an exclusive UK advance screening of ‘The Man who Defied Beijing’, on the life of Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, followed by a conversation with filmmaker Pierre Haski and dissident activist and Tiananmen student leader Wu’er Kaixi.

Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, hero of the 1989 Tiananmen student’s uprising, was imprisoned for 9 years and released in 2017 only to die a few weeks later. However, his name stays little known as the Chinese regime has done everything possible to erase it from our collective memory. Alas for the Beijing masters, Liu Xiaobo left a political legacy under the form of a long interview delivered before his arrest. This film is his legacy supplemented with the testimonials of those closest to him. It is the story of the radical mutations the country has known and a destiny we shall not forget. The film premieres on 4th June on ARTE in France.


Concessions available to students, pensioners and those on a low income.

30 May 2019
18:00 - 20:00
£5 / £3 (ticket price includes a token for one drink)

Reporters Without Borders


Pierre Haski


Wu’er Kaixi

Dissident activist and Tiananmen student leader Wu'er Kaixi

Rebecca Vincent

UK Bureau Director of Reporters Without Borders



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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