A number of videos document the growing popularity of Falun Gong in China throughout the 1990s, the vicious persecution that followed and the subsequent nonviolent resistance movement initiated by practitioners. The films often juxtapose the utter brutality of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Falun Gong practitioners’ determination to uphold their principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. The following is a list of several documentaries that tell the remarkable story of Falun Gong.
An up-close-and-personal account of two Falun Gong practitioners’ experiences of persecution and imprisonment for their beliefs. Free China: The Courage to Believe describes the mental and physical effects of the CCP’s persecution campaign upon those that persist against coercion. The film won multiple film festival awards for ‘Best Documentary’ and also won ‘Best Song for an Indie Film/Documentary/Short’ at the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
The story of two Canadian Human rights crusaders. Human Harvest follows prominent human rights attorney David Matas (co-author of State Organs) and retired Member of Parliament/Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour as they investigate allegations that the CCP murders innocent Falun Gong practitioners and harvests their organs to provide healthy viscera for wealthy Chinese and international “transplant tourists.” Their thorough investigation concludes that, despite initial doubts, the claims hold true and constitute a “new form of evil” on Earth (Bloody Harvest report available for free online). The investigators continue working to bring international attention to this issue. Human Harvest has won multiple awards, including a Peabody Award.
An award-winning highlight of investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann’s work exposing organ harvesting (author of The Slaughter). Hard to Believe presents evidence of organ harvesting in China and questions why many governments and mainstream media outlets have failed to place greater focus on the matter. For more information, read FoFG.org’s interview with Hard to Believe producer and production manager, Kay Rubacek.
An inspirational film documenting the heroic journey of Gao Zhisheng. Transcending Fear follows the famous lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee as he investigates accounts of torture and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. As a man of conscience, Gao cannot remain silent and begins publicizing his findings. Gao soon finds himself a victim of the same violence and torture he speaks out against, yet continues on his mission despite facing unbearable torture again, and again.
The story of Kunlun Zhang. Beyond the Red Wall: The Persecution of Falun Gong documents the consequences faced by a well-known artist and former McGill University teacher who refuses to give up his belief in Falun Gong. The film features footage smuggled out of China and recounts the experiences of Zhang’s three-year-long imprisonment and torture in a Chinese labor camp.
An all-out myth buster. False Fire carefully analyzes footage of a 2001 incident on Tiananmen Square in which several supposed Falun Gong practitioners set themselves on fire. The documentary concludes that the proceedings were undoubtedly staged by the CCP and carried out with intent to turn public opinion against Falun Gong.
The history and true nature of the Communist Party, revealed. Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party is the video adaptation of a 2004 Epoch Times editorial series. The commentaries expose the CCP’s violent takeover of China, nationwide massacres and relentless propaganda campaigns, ultimately determining that peaceful coexistence with the CCP is simply not possible.
The “Nine Commentaries” sparked the Tuidang “withdraw from the Party” movement, prompting hundreds of millions of CCP members, Youth League members and Young Pioneers to renounce the CCP. As of January 2016, over 224 million people had withdrawn from these three organizations.
*READER-REQUESTED BONUS* Red Reign
A gripping film that charts the life work of David Matas, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Canadian civil rights lawyer, and his uncovering of what many consider to be the crime of the century: the brutal organ harvesting program in China aimed at the Falun Gong spiritual practice. Red Reign exposes and explains this global story of tangled politics, economics and media through interviews with:
- Victims of the Falun Gong persecution
- David Kilgour, retired Canadian Parliament member
- Doctors with chilling stories
- And filmmakers who have been censored in Canada, Europe and the US by arms of the Chinese Communist Party
Red Reign highlights how this horror story is not only true, but a story that truly affects all of us in ways we cannot imagine.