Top award in category at WorldFest Houston given to documentary about persecution of Falun Gong
The documentary Free China won the Special Jury Award at the 45th Houston International Film Festival recently.
Kean Wong, the producer of the documentary, on April 21 accepted the award for the film—the equal highest award given in its category this year. The 45th WorldFest-Houston Film Festival is the oldest independent film festival in the world and received 4,500 entries in 2012.
The documentary Free China was directed by Michael Perlman, a filmmaker and activist. It tells the story of two Falun Gong practitioners who left their homeland after being persecuted for their faith.
Human rights violations in China are the backbone of this documentary, as told through the interviewees. The two main individuals in the film were Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former member of the Chinese Community Party; and Dr. Charles Lee, a businessman. Both were imprisoned and persecuted in China.