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Letter from Masanjia (2018)




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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

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

"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…

...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…

Multiple layers of irony wipe any sweetness away.

September 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hates the peaceful qigong practice of Falun Gong; it's spiritual, and millions of people practice, so they torture and organ-murder adherents. One guy snuck an SOS letter out of prison. A deeply moving tribute to faith.

September 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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