Free China: The Courage to Believe

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The fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction…

The award winning “Free China: The Courage To Believe” tells the story of a mother and former Communist Party member, Jennifer Zeng, who along with more than 70 Million Chinese were practicing a belief that combined Buddhism and Daoism until the Chinese Government outlawed it. The Internet police intercepted an email and Jennifer was imprisoned for her faith. As she endured physical and mental torture, she had to decide: does she stand her ground and languish in jail, or does she recant her belief so she can tell her story to the world and be reunited with her family? A world away, Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, wanted to do his part to stop the persecution by attempting to broadcast uncensored information on state controlled television. He was arrested in China and sentenced to three years of re-education in a prison camp where he endured forced labor, making amongst other things, Homer Simpson slippers sold at stores throughout the US.

With more than one hundred thousand protests occurring each year inside China, unrest among Chinese people is building with the breaking of each political scandal. As China’s prisoners of conscience are subjected to forced labor and even organ harvesting, this timely documentary exposes profound issues such as genocide and unfair trade practices with the West. The film also highlights how new Internet technologies are helping bring freedom to more than 1.3 billion people living in China and other repressive regimes throughout the world.

“Free China” is a co-production between NTD Television, and World2Be Productions.

Theatrical Release to Date (US): Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills, CA (May 31st – June 6th, 2013), Quad Cinema, New York, NY (June 7th – June 20th, 2013) and 10 city run through Landmark Theatres in the US on June 25th, 2013 (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C and St. Louis.)

Theatrical release PR:

Screened at over 500 private venues around the world including…

UK Parliament (July 1st, 2013)
European Parliament, Brussels (Mar. 27, 2013)
London School of Economics (Mar. 20, 2013)
Google Headquarters (Jan. 24th 2013)
Israeli parliament (Apr. 24, 2103)
The US Congress (Sep. 20, 2012)
American Philosophical Society (May 16, 2012)

Interviewees in the film:

Jennifer Zeng, Former Chinese Communist Party Member, best selling author of “Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman’s Fight for Freedom”

Dr. Charles Lee, Chinese American Businessman and labor camp survivor

Hon. David Kilgour, Former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific)

Rep. Chris Smith, US Congressman, Chair of Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Ethan Gutmann, Author of “Losing The New China” and Contributor for The Asian Wall Street Journal


  • 2012 Free Speech Award Winner at American Insight’s inaugural Free Speech International Film Festival in Philadelphia (May 16th, 2012)
  • Top Award for International Political and Cultural Documentaries (“Obamanation” Category) at the L.A. Awareness Film Festival in West Hollywood (May 5th, 2012)
  • Equal Top Award for documentaries under 60 minutes at the 45th World-Fest Houston International Film Festival (April 21st 2012.)
  • “Best of the Fest”at Freethought International Film Festival (Denver, August 3rd)
  • Best Feature Film at IX International Short Film Festival – FENACO (Peru, Nov 17th)
  • and more…

“This Film will be a Game Changer.”
US Congressman Chris Smith,
Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

“Intensely Compelling…Extraordinary”
Karen Curry, former CNN New York Bureau Chief

“I hope this film changes our world.”
Margaret Chew Barringer, Founder of American Insight & Free Speech Film Festival