Page 28—The Guardian—Friday, July 1, 2016 Leisure Time
Organizers were pleased with the interest in a screening of a documentary on the persecution of Falun Gong screened in Swan Hill at the weekend.
A crowd of about 40 people attended the screening of Hard To Believe last Sunday and organizer Lisa Zhang was happy with the turnout and community response with the film.
“They were really interested in this film and some were keen to promote to their clubs and community groups,” she said.
“They say we should let more people know about this film and everyone should know this crime.”
Hard To Believe covers the persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong, and ancient Buddhist form of meditation, in China.
In the late 1990s the practice was unofficially outlawed by Chinese President Jiang Zemin and practitioners were commonly arrested and detained.
During this period prisoners were held in forced labour camps and the rate available for organs in the country for donation exploded.
Ms Zhang has a personal connection to the issue: her mother was an imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner.
She now takes the opportunity to bring the movie to as many localities as possible across Australia to raise awareness of the illegal human organ trade that the movie alleged was perpetrated by the Chinese government.
Ms Zhang was then available to answer questions after the screening.