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Letter from Masanjia

Sat, Jan 18 / 3 pm & 7 pm
Directed by Leon Lee
2018, Canada, 75 min

Q&A and discussion by David Matas (International Human Rights Lawyer, Order of Canada) and Maria Cheung (Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba) and Caylan Ford, (writer, co-producer via Skype) following the January 18th, 3pm screening. David and Maria will be joined in a Skype Q&A with director Leon Lee following the 7 pm screening.

*Please note – Caylan Ford, will only be present at the 3 pm screening.

When a woman in Oregon opens a box of Halloween decorations and finds a distressing letter written by a political prisoner from inside a Chinese labour camp, her discovery makes waves across major news outlets worldwide. Meanwhile, the author of the letter, Sun Yi, breaks through internet firewalls to learn about the attention his letter has received and joins forces with an underground network of journalists and Chinese dissidents to reveal his entire story.

From Peabody Award–winning director Leon Lee, Letter from Masanjia takes us deep into the horrific realities of China’s labour camps through the eyes of Sun Yi, who is determined to expose these unthinkable human rights violations.

Sponsored by UMSU.

Reviews

A powerful tale of human suffering, compassion and perseverance...heartbreaking.
-Kevin Crust, La Times
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