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‘Avenues of Escape’: Documentary About Escape From Political Persecution in China

Peabody Award-winning director Leon Lee’s latest documentary, Avenues of Escape, follows three incredible women’s journey as they escape political persecution in China.

Film Poster illustration by Janice Wu. http://janice-wu.com/ (Image via Flying Cloud Productions)

Film poster illustration by Janice Wu. (Image via Flying Cloud Productions)

A synopsis of the film:

The film is composed of interviews from the three women and re-enactments of their monumental journey of escape. Crystal Chen, Tian Jing, and Cai Jing are the women whose powerful journey is documented.

Betrayed by an entire nation. Persecuted for their beliefs. An impossible escape was their only option. (Image via Avenues of Escape)

Betrayed by an entire nation and persecuted for their beliefs, an impossible escape was their only option. (Image via Avenues of Escape)

Crystal was an actress in two popular Chinese television shows, and her escape eventually saved the lives of over 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners.

Re-enactment of Tian making a banner to protest the persecution of Falun Gong. She was the first Falun Gong practitioner to bravely raise a protest banner in Tiananmen Square. (Image via Avenues of Escape)

Re-enactment of Tian making a banner to protest the persecution of Falun Gong. She was the first practitioner to bravely raise a protest banner in Tiananmen Square. (Image via Avenues of Escape)

Tian was the first Falun Gong practitioner to bravely raise a protest banner in Tiananmen Square. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made an example of her arrest, with harsh penalties imposed upon both her and her her family. She was among the first practitioners in China to be sentenced to prison.

Re-enactment of Tian put in prison for peaceful protest. (Image via Avenues of Escape)

Re-enactment of Tian being sentenced to prison for a peaceful protest. (Image via Avenues of Escape)

Cai is Tian’s younger sister. She specialized in Chinese history and worked in a bookstore before her escape. The two sisters now live in Vancouver, Canada where they are both actively involved in the human rights movement.

The sisters must leave their home in China. (Image via Avenues of Escape)

The sisters must leave their home in China. (Image via Avenues of Escape)

Once she made it safely to America, Crystal worked for Human Rights in China, a NGO composed of Chinese scholars and activists. She now works for a Chinese media organiztion in New York City and is a vocal member of the Falun Gong community.

Put yourself in Tian’s shoes and experience what life was like for her in a labor camp by exploring the interactive section of the film’s website:

Avenues of Escape has an incredible interactive website click on the link HERE to explore. (Image via http://interactive.avenuesofescape.com)

Avenues of Escape has an incredible interactive website. Please click on this link to explore it further. (Image via http://interactive.avenuesofescape.com)

The film’s director, Leon Lee, won a Peabody award for his 2014 documentary film, Human Harvest. His narrative feature film, The Bleeding Edgestarring Miss World Canada’s Anastasia Lin, was shown in the British Parliament earlier this year and is currently doing the rounds at film festivals.

For more information on the release and screenings of Leon Lee’s documentary, Avenues of Escape, please visit www.avenuesofescape.com.

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