At the beginning of 2021, singer-songwriter and human rights activist James H. White sets out for Washington, DC to write a song in protest of the Beijing Winter Olympics. After hearing the gut-wrenching story of three sisters who were tortured in China, he flies across the Atlantic to talk with several experts, hoping to shed light on the stories he heard from the three sisters.
The more he explores the topic, however, the more he discovers that what happened to the three sisters, and millions more like them, goes way beyond the human rights of one group, and way beyond the borders of China. The deeper he digs, the broader, and more sinister, the story becomes… and it underlies everything, from COVID to media censorship, from politics to entertainment.
Featuring insights from some of the world’s leading human rights experts, lawyers, and heart-breaking interviews with those who faced, and survived, the unimaginable, James’ year-long journey circles back to where it all started, Washington DC, where James faces a stark realization that changes his perspective forever.
The search for inspiration for a human rights song becomes a dark quest for truth about China’s agenda for the world.
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So shocking and shameful.. beautifully done. Everyone needs to see this, it involves all of us.
About The Director
Mathias Magnason is a Swedish-born filmmaker whose life's work has focused on the compelling human stories that emerge from some of the worst human rights crisis in the world. The United Nations hired Mathias for his directorial debut, where he shot a documentary about a cultural exchange between two schools in Sweden and Malawi, southern Africa.
In his second film—“Article 23”—Mathias produced a 20-minute documentary that told the story of Falun Gong, the persecuted spiritual group in China. At a time when no one else would touch the subject, Mathias was able to get it aired on broadcast TV in Sweden. In 2010, Mathias moved to the US and founded Magnason Film to continue making impactful documentaries, including the multi-award winning short documentary, Defiance in the Kingdom of Fake News.
Teenager Xinyang Xu holds a photo of her deceased father, who was tortured to death in China for this faith in Falun Gong.
Sir Geoffry Nice, featured in this documentary, presents during a China Tribunal panel.
Chunling, one of the three sisters, meditates in a park in 2021.
The China Tribunal panel hears the witness and survivor testimonies.
Video evidence of the early crackdown against Falun Gong, around 1999-2001 in Tiananmen Square, China.
James sits with the three Ma sisters, as they explain the torture they survived in China's labor camps and prisons.
Hong Kong activist Jim Wong makes a public stand through his Youtube channel.
James begins his journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why haven’t I heard about this?If 100 million people were targeted in a violent campaign consisting of illegal abductions, imprisonment, torture, and killing, we’d know about it right? Especially in the modern, interconnected world of endless cell phone-captured videos and instant messaging, surely, evidence of such a campaign would make headlines around the world. Tragically, the answer is no, and the story of the silence that has ensued features a hard-core tyranny that has coerced and manipulated a broad range of people and institutions across Asia and the West into appeasement. For more information, visit: https://faluninfo.net/why-havent-i-heard-about-this/
How has the CCP infiltrated and controlled the United States?In 1999, two senior ranking members of China's military authored a book that has since been translated as "Unrestricted Warfare: China's Masterplan to Destroy America." The book lays out a plan to defeat the United States using a multi-pronged strategy of unconventional warfare that includes political, legal, economic, computer networks, and even terrorism. Has any of their plan been implemented? According to Brigadier General Robert Spalding, who served as the chief China strategist for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later served as the most senior military attache to China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has engaged in a "stealth" war with the U.S. for more than two decades. During this time, the CCP has strategically gutted the U.S. of manufacturing infrastructure, including vital sectors such as medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and computer components; it has flooded the U.S. with illegal drugs (Fentanyl) that continues to decimate entire American communities; it has stolen trillions of dollars in intellectual property and government intel; and it has infiltrated government, business, and academia, incurring unprecedented power over American life. Throughout this time, American leaders were largely asleep at the wheel, or worse, benefactors from opening the gates to this silent invasion. Many of America's ills -- from failing inner cities to corruption in government -- have a CCP connection. For more information, visit: https://www.theepochtimes.com/infographic-how-the-ccp-seeks-to-control-america_3692278.html
What is Forced Organ Harvesting?A growing body of evidence indicates that Chinese hospitals have been colluding with the country’s police in a nefarious scheme known as “organ harvesting.” They hold prisoners of conscience against their will, often illegally, examine them for organ compatibility, and then systematically remove their healthy organs to supply transplants for a booming organ transplantation industry. Their bodies are cremated, according to eyewitnesses. The vast majority of prisoners of conscience targeted in this manner are believed to be Falun Gong practitioners — possibly running into tens of thousands annually, according to estimates by Ethan Gutmann, an investigative journalist, David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, a former Canadian member of parliament, who published their findings in 2016. In 2019, an independent tribunal in London – chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who worked at the International Criminal Tribunal and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic – released its Short Form Conclusion and Summary Judgment. The judgment states: “Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.… The Tribunal has had no evidence that the significant infrastructure associated with China’s transplantation industry has been dismantled and absent a satisfactory explanation as to the source of readily available organs concludes that forced organ harvesting continues till today.” For more information, visit: https://endtransplantabuse.org/
What is Falun Gong?Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) is an ancient spiritual practice in the Buddhist tradition. Falun Gong combines meditation and gentle exercises (similar to yoga or tai chi) with a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance (or in Chinese, Zhen 真, Shan 善, Ren 忍). Falun Gong practitioners aspire to live by these principles in their daily lives. In traditional Chinese culture, the process of perfecting and refining mind and body is called “cultivation”. Our modern language uses the word qigong to describe it. What differentiates Falun Gong from other forms of qigong, is its emphasis on one’s morality and the cultivation of virtue. For more information, visit https://faluninfo.net/what-is-falun-gong-falun-dafa/