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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

China Profile Series

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China: Falun Gong - the Spiritual Fugitives

China: Falun Gong - the Spiritual Fugitives

"Recommended. The technical aspects of this documentary are impressive, particularly the treatment of the Chinese and English languages. The outstanding clear, bright colors, and well-edited street and park scenes, together with close-ups of the individual Falun Gong followers, makes for a good presentation in such a small time frame." -EMRO Review
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice, which, literally, means "Law of the Wheel Breathing Exercise"; this system of "mind-body cultivation" was founded in China in 1992 by Li Hongzhi, who today lives in the United States. Practiced by over 100 million people worldwide, 70 million in China, it is a spiritual movement that incorporates Buddhist and Taoist principles, Qigong (body, mind and physical exercise), and healing techniques, aiming to purify the mind and body while improving one's moral character through exercises, meditation and study. Sounds peaceful enough - so why in 1999 did the Chinese government initiate a campaign against Falun Gong practitioners? The government of China considers members of the religious sect as counter-revolutionaries. In fact, only in Hong Kong can Falun Gong be practiced openly. The government's message is that Falun Gong is dangerous, obsessive devotion, a threat to followers and a threat to social cohesion. It has been reported by Human Rights' groups that over 60% of all reported torture cases in China concern Falun Gong practitioners. Devotees of the religion feel the overall propaganda is based on fabricated evidence. This documentary is a short introduction to Falun Gong, which examines the controversy and reveals that the "Spiritual Fugitives" are determined to practice their faith. One thing worth noting, which may add to controversies about this group, is the character they use in the center of their symbol, called a "wan" in Chinese; it has been used by many cultures for centuries as a symbol of good fortune; however, this character is also known as the "swastika," used by Nazi Germany, an image that is deeply disturbing for obvious reasons related to the death, violence and Holocaust of World War II. Produced by ABC Australia. 07/10DE JSCA 15 min.

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