Letter from Masanjia

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When an American mom discovers an SOS note stashed in a package from Kmart, she never imagines it will lead to the closure of Masanjia, China's most notorious labor camp. When news of the note goes viral, the writer, a Chinese engineer who had been jailed for his spiritual beliefs, fears for his life and his family's safety. Realizing the spotlight is a chance to further expose the brutality of the Chinese regime, he decides to make a film about the harsh reality of being a human rights defender in China, risking his life in the process. For over a year, Sun Yi, the SOS writer, details his entire story on film as he revisits his torturous past at Masanjia and is hotly pursued by authorities. Secret-camera footage and harrowing glimpses of his personal life offer a rare look inside China's terrifying police state through the lens of a political dissident, showing us a true modern hero who will stop at nothing to expose the truth.

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Critic Reviews for Letter from Masanjia

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  • An example of documentary at its most aspirational.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Letter From Masanjia" is a bracing reminder of our sometimes blindered approach to globalization and the effects of simple actions.

    September 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's an important story, made more intense by its tight focus.

    September 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An interesting look at the capitalism system and its consequences. The power of a gesture; of a letter. A great documentary. [Full review in Spanish]

    May 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • ...a simple leap of faith by Sun Yi, a Chinese man imprisoned for his Falun Gong beliefs, set a process in motion that ended with the abolition of the labor camp system in China.

    November 1, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Sun Yi's stoicism is admirable and moving, but it's his ex-wife Fu Ning's tearful recollection of their separation that cements the story in your mind.

    September 17, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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