"Falun Gong's Challenge to China"
Running Time: 58 Minutes
Completed: December 2000
Original Language: English and Chinese withEnglish language voice-over.
Publishing rights to the companion book areavailable ( excluding United States, Canada and South Korea).
2001 Society of Professional Journalists - Sigma
Television Documentary Award
2001 Unity In Media - Investigative Journalism
2001 Houston International Film Festival - REMI Award
2001 Ready For PBS Film Festival - Investigative Reporting
2001 Pulitzer Prize for International Journalism
Ian Johnson/Wall Street Journal - Falun Gong Reporting
|Police search crowd for FalunGong pracitioners.||
Falun Gong practitioners defying government
In one of the most bizarre cases of political repression
in modern history, the People's Republic of China has banned a spiritual
practice built around traditional exercises and meditation. On April 25,
1999 15,000 FALUNGONG practioners quietly surrounded the government leadership
compound in the heart of Beijing in silent protest against what they considered
an inaccurate, slanderous attack on FALUN GONG in a state - sponsored magazine.
Since then, FALUN GONG practioners have stepped forward repeatedly to appeal
to their government for the right to practice their faith.
|Police arrest Falun Gong practitioner.||Falun Gong founder
| Falun Gongbooks
The Chinese government has responded by banning FALUN GONG, branding them an "evil cult", arresting more than 50,000 practioners to date (including a number of foreign nationals), killing at least 193 of them (with thousands of detainees as yet unaccounted for) while torturing thousands more and burning over 8 million books written by FALUN GONG founder Li Hongzhi, recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, who is now living in exile in fear for his life.
The film incorporates video and audio tapes and still
photos smuggled outof China to document the horrendous human rights abuses
generated by the Chinese authorities in their attempts to wipe out FALUN
The film traces the history of FALUN GONG, including the now-forgotten enthusiastic support of the movement by the Chinese government during the early days of the movement. It presents a shocking cinematic record of the Chinese government's war against its own people and the FALUN GONG
movement's indefatigable will to survive.
Countries with FALUN GONG practioners:
Austrailia, Austria, Belgium,
Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany,
Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy,Japan, Latvia,
Malaysia, Mariana Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Saipan, Scotland,
Singapore,South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine,
United States and Vietnam.
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