Memoir of a Communist Slave tells the harrowing and true story of David Huang—a man whose wife was murdered by the same oppressors that forced him into China’s notorious prison ‘gulag system’ in the early 2000’s. It was there he suffered and endured ‘re-education through labor’ for his faith.
The belief system he follows is a traditional Chinese practice called Falun Gong, a blend of Buddhist and Taoist-like teachings mixed with meditation. Falun Gong rose to enormous popularity in the 1990’s, with millions of Chinese participating in the practice. By 1999, the Communist State, under the direction of then dictator Jiang Zemin moved to eliminate and systematically persecute Falun Gong followers.
Emerging emaciated from incarceration after two years, David was tipped off that he was about to be arrested for a second time. Grappling with little other than the prospect of death, he attempts to escape China in a quest for freedom.
A story of tragedy, faith, and resistance in the face of brutal totalitarianism, Memoir of a Communist Slave is one man’s journey to uncover what he believes has held him and his people hostage for too long.
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Produced, written and directed by Gina Shakespeare
Cinematography, editing, and sound by Alexander Nilsen
Additional writing by Dan Granger & Judy Shakespear
Narration by Benjamin Grundy
Translations by Christine Hond & Susan Wang
Music by BCrutchfield