'Transcending Fear': Documentary screening about one of China's most prominent Human Right's lawyers, Gao Zhisheng
Friday 7th November, 7pm to 9pm, LAB006, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge
Transcending Fear tells the life story of Gao Zhisheng, one of China's top ten lawyers, husband andfather. Gao was illegally imprisoned for speaking out about human rights abuses, and was subjected to severe torture. He was released on August 7th this year, but continues to be kept under close surveillance.
Amnesty International and other human rights organisations around the world continue to campaign for Gao's case.
The film screening on the 7th November will be followed by a Q&A with the Director Wenjing Ma, live from New York via Skype, and Andy Moody, Amnesty International UK volunteer China Country Co-ordinator.
Born in a cave with only stars to tell time, Gao Zhisheng overcomes incredible odds to become one of China’s top attorneys. The people call him “the Conscience of China.” But then, in the eyes of the Communist Party, his pursuit of justice goes too far.
After speaking out against taboo human rights abuses, Gao is abducted, tortured. Secret police hold his wife and children hostage. In a heart-wrenching dilemma, Gao is forced to choose between his lifelong quest for justice and his love for his family. Which path will he take? And what price will he have to pay?
A story of cruelty, courage and compassion, this film is a must-see for anyone wishing to understand the tensions bubbling below the surface of today’s China—or to meet one of the most noble freedom fighters of our time.
More information: http://www.transcendingfearfilm.com/
Organised in partnership with ARU Amnesty International Society