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October 1949: Parade of The Waking Giant

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October 1949: Parade of The Waking Giant

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Wednesday 2 October - 8.30pm Channel 073

On October 1, 1949 Mao Zedong held a victory celebration parade in Tiananmen Square and announced to the world the creation of a People's Republic of China. China had awakened, and the decades since have given truth to Napoleon's prophetic words. Interestingly, very few people actually understood Mao's speech, and only one sentence has ever been translated and synched to audio - until now. October 1949 is a definitive account of how Mao orchestrated and carried out this spectacular parade, all the while facing threats of an on-going civil war. Go behind the scenes of this parade with filmmaker Peter Du Cane as he unearths rare archive footage and pieces together the remainder of this historic speech and makes it whole for the first time ever.