Dissidents

Yi Chen
/ United States
/ 2024
/ 75 mins
/ Chinese, English
International Premiere

Not even exile is safe.

From harassing relatives back home to disrupting protests and spying on critics in other countries, China is one of the most aggressive governments in targeting dissents abroad. We follow three dissidents in America as they continue their fight for democracy.

An artist’s sculpture is burnt down, a protestor is charged with a criminal case, and a democracy movement is violently attacked. Combining intimate observational footage, rich archival materials and investigative approach, the film uncovers transnational repression by an authoritarian state targeting dissidents who are keeping the democratic flame alive during the darkest hours.

with director Yi Chen following the screening on
* 28 June, 8:00 pm, at Lumiere Cinemas
* 30 June, 6:00 pm, at Alice Cinema
Supported by:
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Film Info

Director: Yi Chen
Producer: Yi Chen
Country: United States
Language: Chinese, English
Year: 2024
Duration: 75 mins
Category: Democracy on the Edge
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