Now in theaters: ‘Letter from Masanjia’ leaves Taiwanese audience in tears

The eye-opening documentary exposes human rights violations in China

Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/23 
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In 2012, a woman in Oregon found a hidden letter inside a Halloween decoration she bought at a local store, which led her to discover a horrifying secret in China and the plight of a political dissident imprisoned in a labor camp in China.

The letter traveled 9,000 kilometers away from Masanjia Camp located in Shenyang, the largest city of China’s northeast Liaoning Province. The Oregon woman later found many horrifying pictures and accounts about the place online.

The English-language letter mixed with Chinese characters soon received attention in international media outlets, including CNN, FOX News, New York Times among others, and inspired the award-winning Canadian movie director Leon Lee (李雲翔) to secretly film the human rights violations taking place in China, with the help of the writer of the letter Sun Yi, who had been released after years of torture and forced labor work in the camp.

With the equipment assistance of Lee, Sun recounted his tale in the camp, the ongoing harassment from Chinese authorities, as well as the tortures of his Falun Gong fellows.

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