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AWARDS & MEDIA
Canadian Screen Award “Best Documentary” Nominee
Top 20 Audience Choice out of 247 films – Hot Docs 2018, Toronto
“An important story, made more intense by its tight focus… well told” – Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times
Silver Punt Audience Award for Best Documentary Film 2018 – Cambridge Film Festival, UK
“An astonishing sequence of events…” – Matthew Bannister, BBC Outlook
Grand Jury Prize for Best International Documentary – Doqumenta, Mexico
“A powerful tale of human suffering, compassion and perseverance” – Kevin Crust, LA Times
Audience Favourite Canadian Documentary Feature – Calgary International Film Festival, Canada
“An example of documentary at its most aspirational” – Andrea Gronvall, The Chicago Reader
What is Falun Gong?
Asian cultures have a long history of developing and practicing exercises such as Tai Chi and Qigong for health and spiritual achievement…
Why is it persecuted by the Chinese regime?
Falun Gong gained popularity quickly when it was introduced to the public in China in the early 90s. By 1998, upwards of 70 million people were practicing it in China…
How did director Leon Lee come to know the story and find Sun Yi?
During production on his previous documentary about human rights in China, director Leon Lee became interested in the story of a Chinese political prisoner who made international headlines…
How did the filmmaking process work?
Leon Lee is considered a Chinese dissident for his human rights work and would not be welcome in China to film, so Sun Yi suggested that he learn to use a camera himself…
What inspired the animation?
Sun Yi was an avid reader of traditional Chinese graphic novels from a young age, and often practiced drawing in the book margins to hone his skills…
Who is Jiang Tianyong, Sun Yi’s lawyer, and what happened to him?
Jiang Tianyong is an internationally recognized Chinese human rights lawyer who has provided legal defense for wrongly imprisoned activists, Tibetans, Christians and Falun Gong practitioners in China…
In the film we see the power of a letter. Now it’s your turn.
If you are in the US please write to your local senator asking them to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 220, a bipartisan resolution expressing solidarity for Falun Gong practitioners who have lost lives, freedoms, and rights for adhering to their beliefs and practices.
If you are in Canada please write to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help free Canadian Falun Gong practitioner, Sun Qian, who has been illegally detained in China for over a year and is being tortured for her beliefs.
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