Incredible. Glad to say my first film at miff this year is a must see.
A moving portrait of an inspirational figure and a topic most of us don’t know about, but really should. This film stands as searing indictment of China’s ‘liberation’ East Turkistan (an area now known as Xinjiang, ‘New Territory’), it’s brutal repression of a democratic voice in the region, and Rabiya Kadeer’s extreme bravery and determination in the face of powerful opposition. None of our lives match the integrity, intelligence and passion shown by this extraordinary figure. Well maybe there are a few of you out there, but I certainly don’t. It’s always a humbling experience seeing what one life can achieve, and Jeff Daniels’s film has me re-evaluating what I am going to commit myself to at the end of my degree.
All 380 seats of the Sunday night session were sold out, in part due to the publicity given by China’s attempts to have the film withdrawn.
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