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Finding Courage ()


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A simple family must find the courage to face a great evil.

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Directed by

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Kay Rubacek

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Kay Rubacek ... (writer)

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Ray Chen ... associate producer
Susan Chen ... associate producer
Kacey Cox ... associate producer
Timothy Gebhart ... associate producer
Malury Imbernon ... associate producer
Stephanie Li ... executive producer
Loren McCune ... executive producer
Adrian Morales-Demori ... associate producer
Kay Rubacek ... producer
Paulio Shakespeare ... producer
Scott Shields ... associate producer

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Bruce Aronson
Francis Galluccio

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Paulio Shakespeare

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Mauricio Pineda
Kay Rubacek ... (edited by)

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Malury Imbernon ... re-recording mixer
Adrian Morales-Demori ... re-recording mixer
Tahu Parkinson ... Audio Producer

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Finding Courage is a character-driven documentary told by Yifei Wang, a former journalist for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime. Her family has been torn apart for practicing the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, which was ordered to be "eradicated" by former regime dictator, Jiang Zemin. During the nationwide eradication campaign, Yifei was arrested, her sister was murdered, and her brother was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Yifei was able to escape China with the help of her high-profile journalist husband and faces mental anguish of living in exile in the USA. After having escaped to America, Yifei seeks to hold the CCP accountable for the murder of her sister. Gordon, Yifei's husband, covertly seeks to record evidence at the labor camp in China where Kefei had been tortured to death to implicate the CCP and the camp in the crime. Despite his wife Sophia's wishes after being released from prison, Leo builds a chair he had been tortured in while being detained, even through the painful memories of the past that it provokes in both of them. He plans to use the chair to bring media attention to what is happening in China. Against all odds, Yifei and Leo must find the courage to recall their traumatic experiences and to expose the persecution still raging on in China in their own way. Will Leo's wife come to support him in his efforts to build the chair? Will their family finally be able to indict the murderer of Kefei? In their journeys, they find strength in each other, and hope for all of China.. Woven through the family narratives are interviews with ex-Chinese officials-including a former judge, director of a labor camp, national security agent from China's Gestapo-style "6-10 Office." They offer a rare insider look into into the regime's system of totalitarian rule that few outside, and within China know about. Written by Timothy Gebhart

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  • 80 min
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