Chinese-Canadian Actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin has just won Best Actress for her performance in The Bleeding Edge, at the 2016 Leo Awards held in Vancouver.
Anastasia Lin was born in China, and immigrated to Canada. She is a practitioner of Falun Gong — a peaceful non-political spiritual discipline that has been brutally persecuted by the communist authorities in China since 1999. She acts in movies that depict the Chinese government’s persecution of innocents.
Anastasia Lin’s acceptance speech at the Leo Awards June 5, 2016:
“I feel like I’m receiving this award on behalf of the incredible cast and crew of the Bleeding Edge, they each made tremendous sacrifice to be in the production.”
She said: “I also want to thank the victims of this human rights abuse, who I interviewed for this film. They opened up their scars to show me the most profound fear and most incredible courage human beings can possess.”
The Bleeding Edge is a feature film directed by Vancouver-based, Peabody Award winner Leon Lee. He won a Peabody award last year for his documentary film Human Harvest, a documentary on forced organ harvesting in China.
Anastasia Lin has received a lot of press attention after winning the title of Miss World Canada, especially regarding her denied entry to China — her home country. She never received an invite from China to compete in the Miss World Pageant that took place November-December 2015.
When she tried to board a flight from Hong Kong to attend, she discovered she was “PNG” — persona non grata. The Chinese government gave her no explanation, they just said: “Sorry, you cannot come.”
Being known for her public position against human rights abuses in China, she shows outspoken support of freedom of belief in her native country, which is seen to be the reason why she was denied entry.
In 2015, she was invited to testify before U.S. Congress and the Taiwan Legislative Yuan, addressing the topic of freedom of conscience in China. She also spoke on this same topic just last week at the Oslo Freedom House convention.