Free China: The Courage to Believe
- 1h 1m
Jennifer Zeng and Dr. Charles Lee are jailed and tortured in China for their belief in Falun Gong, a meditation practice that swept the nation in the 1990s.Jennifer Zeng and Dr. Charles Lee are jailed and tortured in China for their belief in Falun Gong, a meditation practice that swept the nation in the 1990s.Jennifer Zeng and Dr. Charles Lee are jailed and tortured in China for their belief in Falun Gong, a meditation practice that swept the nation in the 1990s.
The fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction... The award winning "Free China: The Courage To Believe" tells the story of a mother and former Communist Party member, Jennifer Zeng, who along with more than 70 Million Chinese were practicing a belief that combined Buddhism and Daoism until the Chinese Government outlawed it. The Internet police intercepted an email and Jennifer was imprisoned for her faith. As she endured physical and mental torture, she had to decide: does she stand her ground and languish in jail, or does she recant her belief so she can tell her story to the world and be reunited with her family? A world away, Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, wanted to do his part to stop the persecution by attempting to broadcast uncensored information on state controlled television. He was arrested in China and sentenced to three years of re-education in a prison camp where he endured forced labor, making amongst other things, Homer Simpson slippers sold at stores throughout the US. As political scandals surface and tensions rise along with more than one hundred and fifty thousand protests occurring each year inside China, this timely documentary highlights the issue of unfair trade practices with the West, organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience and widespread forced/slave labor. The film also highlights how new Internet technologies are helping bring freedom to 1.3 billion people in China and other repressive regimes throughout the world. —Kean Wong (Producer)
Incredibly inspiring and moving. A story of courage and faith, full of humanity.
This film tells the true story of two incredibly brave individuals who overcame countless hardships from persecution in China: both Jennifer and Charles practice Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), a meditation practice for mind and body and with guiding principles truthfulness-compassion-forbearance, practiced around the world. This meditation practice became incredibly popular in China in the 1990s, but in 1999 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) changed from endorsing the practice to banning it. Through detailing the hardships that Jennifer and Charles faced, the film explores widespread current issues in China: lack of freedom of speech, state corruption, slave labour, corporate ethical misconduct, internet censorship, organ harvesting, and more. This film is incredibly genius in the way it is able to transform what is seemingly an ordinary documentary and personal tales into an incredibly moving tale of courage amidst great oppression and reflects a grand battle of good against evil today: the widespread persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. This is the largest persecution in the world and is becoming what's referred to as the Hidden Holocaust of the 21st century. The film inspires a quality that I can best describe as: be brave amidst fearful times, have courage to believe and let nothing compromise what you believe is good. It's such an amazing film. I've seen it four times and am still very moved by the courage of the individuals in the film. PS: the 1 to 2-star reviews on IMDb reflect the efforts of the CCP (they pay individuals to do write bad reviews) in trying to deter people from watching the film. Don't believe it and see the film to decide for yourself what is good and what is evil. You'll be not only moved to tears, but also grateful and impressed by the courage and immense effort that's been taken to create such a wonderful film. This film won the 2012 International Film Festival Free Speech Award.
- Jan 5, 2014
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