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"Free China''s" HMMA Nominations Coincide with Producer''s Wedding

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Published on Oct 29, 2013

"Tonight I am here at a screening of Free China: The Courage to Believe a documentary about two Falun Gong practitioners who were persecuted for their beliefs and went through China''s forced labor camp system. Now Free China''s been screened all over the world but what makes this night so special is the fact that it coincides with the producer''s wedding."

Free China''s Executive Producer Kean Wong had two big milestones in less than 24 hours. The day before, Wong found out that the theme song of "Free China" had been nominated for two Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

[Kean Wong, Executive Producer, Free China]:
"It was a great surprise and in many ways a great wedding present as well."

Free China''s theme song "The Courage to Believe" was composed by Tony Chen, with lyrics by Kean Wong and director Michael Perlman and sung by actress Q''orianka
Kilcher.It was nominated for the Best Vocals in the Music Genre category and for the Best Song in Indie Film.

And this isn''t the first time this has happened.

Last year Free China''s soundtrack, also composed by Tony Chen, was nominated by the HMMA for "Best Soundtrack Album."

But the focus of the night was on the atrocities in China, something that has now become very personal for Wong. His wife, a Falun Gong practitioner, is now applying for asylum after leaving China.

[Xixi Deng, Falun Gong Practitioner, Wife of Kean Wong]:
"Through this movie I hope that people can understand that in China there are still millions of Falun Gong practitioners whose families are broken because they won''t give up their beliefs. I hope that through this movie, more people can understand what is happening."

Deng has been visited by the 610 office, a gestapo like secret police force in China that was created to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong in China. They threatened not only her, but her family back in China who do not practice Falun Gong.

Falun Gong is a peaceful meditation and qigong practice that is based on the principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance. It is practiced freely all over the world except in China where it has been persecuted for the last 14 years.

[Melody Bryant, Co-Host of Free China Screening]:
"I wanted to get the word out about about this movie, about the Falun Gong, and hopefully make some changes in the US that would have an effect on our relationship with China and make a difference in that country."

Deng is applying for asylum in the US and if her asylum status is granted, she plans to stay here and continue to work on the promotion of Free China: The Courage to Believe.

Holly Kellum, NTD News, New York

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