Letter from Masanjia

Kanada, 2018

China Screen

Kansainvälinen skandaali puhkeaa kun Oregonilainen Julia Keith löytää piilotetun kirjeen halloween koristeistaan. Kirje on avunhuuto kiinalaisessa pakkotyöleirillä Masan-Jiassa vankina pidettävältä Sun Yiltä. Sun Yi on kirjeessään kuvaillut tarkasti leirin elinolosuhteita ja kidutuskeinoja. Letter from Masanjia on kuvattu pitkälti salassa ja osa siitä on animoitu.

When Julie Keith from Damascus, Oregon, found a mysterious letter hidden in her Halloween decorations, she never imagined that it would lead to international scandal, and the closure of a notorious forced labour camp in China. The plea for help, penned by a prisoner of the Masan-jia labour camp, detailed the appalling living conditions and torture practices taking place in the facility. As news of Julie’s unusual discovery spread in the international media, a soft-spoken engineer and Falun Gong practitioner named Sun Yi came forward as the author of the letter. Although no longer imprisoned, Sun Yi still suffered from the constant fear of retaliation from the Chinese government. In spite of this, he bravely set forth on a journey to share his story with the help of Vancouver filmmaker Leon Lee.
Filmed largely in secret, and incorporating striking animated sequences, Letter from Masanjia uncovers the reality of China’s police state and the true meaning behind the ominous phrase “re-education through labour”.

Letter from Masanjia on osa China screen -festivaalia.