“Free China” Documentary Exposes Slave Labor

16 March, 2013 at 09:52 | Posted in China, Culture, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, human rights, persecution, slave labor camps, Society | Leave a comment
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The documentary “Free China: The Courage to Believe,” co-produced by NTD, screened at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on Tuesday. The film is about a man and a woman who practice Falun Gong. They are imprisoned and tortured for standing up for their beliefs in China.

The film exposes some of the abuses behind China’s economic success—like slave labour—showing the cruel conditions in China’s forced labour camps.

The woman in the film, Jennifer Zeng was thrown into a Chinese labour camp because she practices Falun Gong. It’s a meditation practice the Chinese regime has been persecuting since 1999. In the labour camp she was forced to make handmade toy bunnies, shoes, Christmas lights and other products that are sold in the West.

[Jennifer Zeng, Main Character in Free China]:
“I hope that international companies must become aware. What kind of business partner and the whole environment inside there is? This is a state sanction system to use innocent people as free slavery that makes profit for the [Chinese Communist] Party. And the international companies and consumers overseas I think unknowingly become part of this. I don’t think they want to become part of this.”

China has the world’s second largest economy and is becoming increasingly more important in the world.

The producer of the film, Kean Wong and Jennifer pointed out that a better economy in China does not automatically grant freedom of speech for the Chinese people.

[Kean Wong, Producer]
“You are dealing with a mafia that is willing to kill their own people. They don’t really care about your company. They want to do business with you, make as much money as they can and eventually steal your market share.”

Kean Wong says that companies today that are doing business with China can no longer put all the responsibility on politicians to work for human rights in China.

[Kean Wong, Producer]
“If you don’t create an environment that is open, that is human, that allows freedom of speech as we are given here in Sweden and around the world, you can not have a proper trading partner.”

Several members of the Swedish Parliament, across party lines, support the film.

[Boriana Åberg, Member of Swedish Parliament]:
“While there is one single person who is denied human rights, the rest of us have to fight and stand up for those values of freedom, to say what you think, express yourselves, write without fear of being thrown into prison or in labour camps like Jennifer here.”

The award-winning documentary “Free China: The Courage to Believe” is directed by Michael Pearlman.  Free China has also been screened at the European Parliament and the at the United States’ Congress.

The film team is planning to release “Free China” for threatrical release this summer.

NTD News Stockholm, Sweden

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