Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tickets: $7 Adults;
FREE CHINA: The Courage to Believe
The Arts Council, Inc. and Gainesville State College present the independent feature film “FREE CHINA: The Courage to Believe” with Director and Producer Michael Perlman as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Smithgall Arts Center on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Ticket price includes the movie and the Meet the Filmmaker Q&A session following the film screening.
From the award-winning director of Tibet: Beyond Fear, Free China The Courage to Believe examines widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member; Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese- American businessman; and hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens who are imprisoned, tortured and subjected to slave labor for their spiritual beliefs. As political tensions rise in China with the latest corruption scandals surfacing, along with more than 100,000 protests occurring each year inside China, this timely documentary film provides new information that connects China’s widespread human rights violations with systemic unfair trade practices. The practices result in exporting many prison/forced labor products into the US, and state-sanctioned organ harvesting for profit. The film also highlights how Internet technologies are aiding human rights activists in China and around the world, by allowing uncensored information into closed societies. In addition, the film sheds light on how a re-emergence of traditional Chinese culture and spirituality are helping bring about a new China.
“FREE CHINA: The Courage to Believe” | TRAILER
MEET THE FILMMAKER
Michael Perlman (Producer/Director) is an award-winning filmmaker, performing artist, attorney, and founder of two not-for-profit organizations. He works with human rights organizations in the US, Burma, China and Sudan, and has been selected by Amnesty International as an official Artist for Amnesty. He helped found and served on the board of Cross Cultural Solutions, and is also the founder and director of Rock To Save Darfur, which produced concert benefits that have helped thousands of lives and freed hundreds of slaves. He produced, wrote and directed the New York Times Critics Choice film Eyes of the World, and the award-winning PBS International documentary Tibet: Beyond Fear. Perlman’s most recent film is Free China: The Courage to Believe. Karen Curry, former CNN New York Bureau Chief, praised the film as “Intensely compelling…extraordinary.”