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"Letter from Masanjia": Screening and Filmmaker Discussion
"Letter from Masanjia": Screening and Filmmaker Discussion
WhenThursday, Apr. 25, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
Campus locationThomson Hall (THO)
Campus roomThomson Hall 101
Event typesScreenings
Event sponsorsUW Human Rights Center

UW Department of Anthropology 
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Target AudienceStudents and Community
Description

Screening and discussion of “Letter from Masanjia”, an Oscar-nominated documentary that exposes atrocities in China’s forced labor camp system from a political dissident’s perspective, filmed secretly in China with the help of Peabody-winning director Leon Lee. It details an epic story of how, an Oregon woman finds an SOS note from a Chinese dissident in a package of Halloween decorations from Kmart, setting off a chain of events that would shut down the entire labor camp system in China and ignite the note-writer’s dangerous quest to expose a deadly persecution.

Director Leon Lee will be engaging in a post-screening panel with UW anthropology lecturer, Xinjiang specialist and Uyghur rights advocate Darren Byler. This event is co-hosted by a few student groups on campus and sponsored by the UW Department of Anthropology and Center for Human Rights, as well as the Seattle Documentary Association (Sea-Doc).

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