‘Badass Beauty Queen’: An Exciting Documentary About Anastasia Lin

Actor, human-rights activist, and Canadian beauty queen Anastasia Lin is the subject of a new documentary by Canadian director Theresa Kowall-Shipp. Anastasia Lin gained a great deal of media attention after the Chinese-born Canadian was denied entry into China to compete in the 2015 Miss World pageant.

Anastasia Lin crowned as Miss World Canada in 2015. (Image via media kit Badass Beauty Queen Film)

Anastasia Lin crowned as Miss World Canada in 2015. (Image via media kit Badass Beauty Queen Film)

The Chinese authorities declared her persona non grata due to her outspoken views on the repressive regime’s human rights violations, particularly on the persecution of Falun Gong and forced organ harvesting against prisoners of conscience.

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual practice from China that follows three principles: Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance. There are 4 sets of standing exercises with slow, gentle movements and a sitting meditation exercise.

Lin doing the Falun Dafa Meditation exercise. (Image via media kit Badass Beauty Queen Film)

Lin doing the Falun Dafa meditation exercise. (Image: via media kit Badass Beauty Queen Film)

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, the leader of the Chinese Communist Party, gave orders to eradicate Falun Dafa from society. People practice all over the world, yet in China, it is heavily persecuted, and many of these prisoners of conscience end up as victims of state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting. These gross human rights violations are something Anastasia Lin has publicly spoken out about.

Although Lin and her mother live in Canada, her father lives in China, and with every decision Lin had to make to speak out about these issues that are being silenced, she began to face the very real threat of endangering her father’s life.

A thoughtful Anastasia Lin on a train often faced with the dilemma of having to choose between speaking out and staying silent.(Image via media kit Badass Beauty Queen Film)

A thoughtful Anastasia Lin on a train often faced with the dilemma of having to choose between speaking out and staying silent.(Image: via media kit Badass Beauty Queen Film)

Director Theresa Kowall-Shipp came across Lin’s story in a newspaper article titled “Canada’s Miss World might not be allowed to compete in China.” This got her questioning — why? And how could a country ban a beauty queen? So she set out to find out more and tell Anastasia Lin’s story in this documentary, which is just under one hour long.

Badass Beauty Queen Poster. (Image via media kit Badass Beauty Queen Film)

‘Badass Beauty Queen’ poster. (Image: via media kit Badass Beauty Queen Film)

Badass Beauty Queen Synopsis from Seventh Art Releasing website:

The documentary premiered at Dallas VideoFest’s DocuFest and has just started doing the rounds at film festivals, so keep your eyes open for it.

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