Free China: The Courage to Believe
The film the Chinese Communist Regime doesn't want you to see... From the award-winning director of "Tibet: Beyond Fear", Free China - The Courage to Believe examines widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member and Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, who along with hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens are imprisoned, tortured and subjected to slave labor for their spiritual beliefs. A wealthy, educated Party member, Jennifer began to practice Falun Gong, a combination of Taoism and Buddhism that swept across China in the 1990s. When it was estimated that the number of practitioners exceeded Communist Party membership, more than 70 million strong, the government initiated a brutal crackdown against the spiritual movement that continues to this day. This film documents Jennifer and Charles' harrowing experiences in prison and Jennifer's escape to Australia where she publishes a best selling book about the persecution and is reunited with her family. Her struggle was also an inspiration to Charles, who returns to China in an attempt to hack into state controlled media to counter the propaganda against Falun Gong. As political tensions rise in China with the latest corruption scandals surfacing along with more than one hundred thousand protests occurring each year inside China, this timely documentary film provides new information that connects China's widespread human rights violations with systemic unfair trade practices and state-sanctioned organ harvesting for profit. The film also highlights how Internet technologies are aiding human rights activists in China and around the world by allowing uncensored information into closed societies. In addition, the film sheds light on how a re-emergence of traditional Chinese culture and spirituality are helping bring about a new China. But the story doesn't end here. It's just the beginning...
Watch a trailer for the movie on YouTube.
FILM SCREENING Friday, March 22, 2013, 7 p.m., Fleming Education Center Auditorium, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach, Miss.