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18th of November 2018

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Review: A Prisoner’s Smuggled Plea Sets ‘Letter From Masanjia’ in Motion

In 2012, Julie Keith found a hidden letter in a box of Halloween decorations she bought at Kmart. The writer, Sun Yi, told of being imprisoned in a camp in Masanjia, China, where he and others were forced into slave labor. He asked the finder to help expose their plight. Ms. Keith, of Damascus, Ore., took it to The Oregonian newspaper, whose subsequent article was widely read around the world.

The journey of that letter, and the tale of Mr. Sun’s detention and torture, is recounted in “Letter From Masanjia,” a potent documentary that pushes the story still further after his release.

VideoA preview of the film.Published OnSept. 5, 2018

Leon Lee, the director, lives in Canada and couldn’t travel to China because of his previous films, which were critical of the country. He secretly collaborated with Mr. Sun and helped him buy camera equipment that Mr. Sun used to tell of his past and to record his continued harassment by authorities. (Mr. Sun was arrested several times because of his membership in Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that has been outlawed in China.)

It’s an important story, made more intense by its tight focus. Mr. Lee uses few additional interviews outside of Ms. Keith and two former guards from the Masanjia labor camp, who corroborate Mr. Sun’s reports. There are no reams of statistics, nor appeals to boycott Chinese-made goods. Instead we’re given a well-told account of one peaceful man’s terrible treatment. That’s more than enough. Animated sequences depicting Mr. Sun’s imprisonment are especially effective.

“Justice will prevail over evil,” Mr. Sun says in the film’s closing scene. It’s a hopeful moment, but not an uplifting one. He knows, and so do we, that some movements succeed at the expense of their heroes, whose endings often aren’t happy.

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