The upcoming screenings for Transcending Fear:
Tel Aviv Cinemateque, Dec. 9th, 19:00
Haifa Cinemateque, Dec. 9th, 19:00
Jerusalem Cinemateque, Dec. 10th, 18:00
About the documentary
More information about the documentary, here
Born and raised in a cave with only the stars to tell time, Gao Zhisheng rose from poverty to become China’s most important lawyer. He has courageously sought justice for vulnerable groups such as the poor, the disabled, and the persecuted.
People call him “the Conscience of China.” But in the eyes of the Communist Party, his pursuit of justice goes too far.
After speaking out against taboo human rights abuses, Gao is abducted and tortured. Secret police hold his wife and children hostage. In a heart-wrenching dilemma, Gao is forced to choose between his lifelong quest for justice and his love for his family.
A story of cruelty, courage and compassion, this film is a must-see for anyone wishing to understand the tensions bubbling below the surface of today’s China—or to meet one of the most noble freedom fighters of our time.
Gao Zhisheng renounced the Chinese Communist Party in 2005. In his renunciation letter he said:
“…I had lost my hope for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) completely. This CCP has employed the most barbarous and most immoral and illegal means to torture our mothers, our wives, our children, and our brothers and sisters…
“It continuously persecutes and torments the conscience, character, and kindness of us, the people!…
“From now on, Gao Zhisheng, a Party “member”…declares that he quits the cruel, untrustworthy, inhumane, and evil party.
“This is the proudest day of my life.”