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“Free China” Screens at Carnegie Mellon University

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ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-04-02/-free-china-screens-at-carnegie-mellon-university.html

Award-winning documentary “Free China: The Courage to Believe” was screened on Friday at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

NTD co-produced “Free China” with acclaimed film director Michael Perlman. It follows the story of Jennifer Zeng and Charles Lee. Both were persecuted by the Chinese regime for refusing to give up their beliefs.

Shernell Smith, who works at Carnegie Mellon, was saddened by the film but inspired too.

[Shernell Smith, Administration Officer at University]

“It is something that is horrible to witness, but what I think was very powerful is the fact that communication and meaningful dialogue, and how that’s breaking through the bounds of what’s going on there, and the impact of technology in breaking down those barriers so that information and freedom of information is vital.”

Zeng and Lee both practice Falun Gong. It’s a spiritual practice based on the principles of Truth, Compassion and Tolerance. During their time in Chinese labor camps and prisons, they were tortured both physically and mentally. They were also forced into making cheap goods for export.

A student at the Carnegie Mellon University was amazed that anyone would oppose a peaceful practice such as Falun Gong.

[Snakalp Kulshreshtha, Carnegie Mellon University Student]

“The whole concept about Falun Gong is about peace and tolerance. And at the very opposite level, someone’s opposing that. It’s such a righteous thought that you think, how can you oppose something like that.” 

The documentary also reveals one of the most serious allegations against the Chinese regime. Since 2006, the Communist Party has been accused of killing detained Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.

Pittsburgh is home to one of the world’s leading organ transplant institutes. After the film screening, doctors and human rights activists talked with audiences about the forced organ harvesting claims. 

[Visiting Chinese Medical Worker in USA]

“Our only wish is to speak out the truth and let other people know what is Falun Gong and what is currently going on in China. Let''s abandon our fantasy about the CCP. Also, we must raise our consciousness, not only us, but also raise thousands of millions of people''s consciousnesses.”

“Free China” has won several film awards, including the inaugural Free Speech Film Festival Award in the United States last year. The film is slated for a public release on June 4th.

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