Short Film ‘Split by the State’ Documents a Powerful Letter to Malcolm Turnbull

Split by the State is a short film about a 17-year-old refugee boy living in Australia who becomes hopeful after learning Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit China.

He writes and hand delivers a powerful letter to him, sharing his story and pleading for the government to intervene in the case of his father — a man who is being wrongfully persecuted in China for practicing Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa.

Dear Malcolm Turnbull...(Image via Alexander Vimeo/Screenshot)

Dear Malcolm Turnbull… (Image: via Alexander Vimeo / Screenshot)

It has been 15 years since Eric last saw his father. He and his mother managed to escape China, but sadly his father was not so fortunate and has been brutally tortured in prison and sent to solitary confinement — not for committing any crimes — purely for wishing to have the freedom to believe in a spiritual practice the Chinese Communist Party persecutes.

A photo of Eric and his father when they were together in China. (Image via Alexander Vimeo/Screenshot)

A photo of Eric and his father when they were together in China. (Image: via Alexander Vimeo / Screenshot)

The Chinese regime confiscated his father’s passport to ensure he can’t reunite with his family now living in Australia. Eric hopes this letter will find its way to the Australian Prime Minister’s heart, and that his family will finally reunite.

Detail on car journey to Canberra - 'Falun Dafa is Good.' (Image via Alexander Vimeo/Screenshot)

Detail on car journey to Canberra — ‘Falun Dafa is Good.’ (Image via Alexander Vimeo / Screenshot)

The film was written by Eric and based on his true-life story. It is just under 6 minutes and is shot as a documentary-style short film that follows his journey from Sydney to Canberra as he writes and delivers his letter.

Split by the State - A Short Film About a young mans wish to be re-united with his father who is being persecuted in China for practicing Falun Dafa. (Image via Alexander Vimeo/Screenshot)

Eric and his Mother wish they can one day be reunited with his father. (Image: via Alexander Vimeo / Screenshot)

Synopsis from Split by the State website:

Eric taking his letter addressed to Malcolm Turnbull to Parliament House in Canberra. (Image via Alexander Vimeo/Screenshot)

Eric taking his letter addressed to Malcolm Turnbull to Parliament House in Canberra. (Image: via Alexander Vimeo / Screenshot)

The film is directed and produced by Gina Shakespeare, with cinematography by Alexander Nilsen, and music by A.Taylor and Tony Anderson. The film was shot in Sydney and Canberra, and uses archive footage of China.

Eric and his mother peacefully protesting with other Falun Dafa practitioners who wish to see an end to the persecution of Falun Dafa in China, signs are held outside Parliament house in Canberra. (Image via Alexander Vimeo/Screenshot)

Eric and his mother peacefully protesting outside Parliment House in Canberra with other Falun Gong practitioners who wish to see an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China. (Image: via Alexander Vimeo / Screenshot)

Please watch the whole film, featured at the beginning of this article, to learn Eric’s story, and hear the powerful letter he wrote to Malcolm Turnbull.

If you have been touched by Eric’s story, please visit www.splitbythestate.org to learn more. Eric is now 19 years old and hasn’t given up trying to find a way to be reunited with his Father. The latest news is that his Father has been arrested again and is being held in a brainwashing center in China.

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