The award winning film, 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 it was outlawed by the Chinese Government.
The internet police in China 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. Individuals interviewed in the film include:
- Jennifer Zeng, Former Chinese Communist Party Member, best selling author of Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman’s Fight for Freedom
- Dr. Charles Lee, Chinese American Businessman and labor camp survivor
- Hon. David Kilgour, Former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific)
- Rep. Chris Smith, U.S. Congressman, Chair of Congressional-Executive Commission on China
- Ethan Gutmann, Author of Losing The New China and Contributor for The Asian Wall Street Journal