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  • Summary: In Free China: The Courage To Believe, the fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction. 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, was imprisoned for her faith. 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. As China’s prisoners of conscience are subjected to forced labor and even organ harvesting, this timely documentary exposes profound issues such as genocide and unfair trade practices with the West. The film also highlights how new Internet technologies are helping bring freedom to more than 1.3 billion people living in China and other repressive regimes throughout the world. Collapse
  • Director: Michael Perlman
  • Genre(s): Biography, History, Documentary, News
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 53 min
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  1. Reviewed by: Robin Migdol
    Jun 4, 2013
    70
    Free China, with its aggressive narration, haunting music, and disturbing photographic evidence of crimes against humanity, wants you to walk away outraged at the injustice of it all, and most likely, you will.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 30, 2013
    60
    Though his treatment of the subject is often superficial, Perlman makes a clear argument for the broader implications, especially for Western consumers.
  3. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Jun 6, 2013
    60
    “Free China” is not news, and, however moving, it’s really not art. It’s advocacy. In that aim, it is ardently committed.
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