It is a fantastic documentary about Chinese govt's systemic oppression and persecution towards ordinary folk who petition the government.

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God's will that human tragedy documented and shown
2 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Without this documentary knowledge of today's China won't be complete. Any kind of fiction is powerless in front of the complex and dramatic real life stories it preserves.

I watched the 2010 five hours-long director's cut of Petition with a full house of some two hundred audiences. We were all captivated deeply by the drama, the humour, and above all, the tragedy in this groundbreaking documentary. In China people who seek intervention from higher authority to correct the injustice they suffered have been existing for more than half of a century, but it waits until today when there is DV camera and more importantly a brave film maker we are able to learn their life stories directly, with our safety hold in hand. This is a shocking experience, few people expect the surge of emotion they felt during watching. Some parts of the film are so heart-wrenching that I think the majority of the audiences burst into tears during those moments. I myself cried more than I had in several years. But there is no sentimentality here, the situations are too harsh to react irrationally. You are struck to ask questions, why is the Chinese justice system failed, what can we do for these suffering people, can we sit well and enjoy one more single day of wealth when these members of our own race are deprived of basic decency of human being?


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