The story of a little girl who is determined to use the magic of art to bring her mother back to life after she is killed for her faith in communist China. swept away in the animation category At the 2021 Leo Awards, which which recognize excellence in the film and television industry of British Columbia.
“Rag Doll,” is a stop-motion animation short film that highlights the plight of Chinese orphans suffering under persecution by the Communist Party of China (CCP). Won The awards ceremony took place virtually on 7 July in the Best Program, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, and Best Screenplay Writing in Animation Program categories.
four years in the making, movie tells the story of yingying, a 5-year-old girl whose mother was killed in a long-running harassment campaign against CCP’s Falun Dafa followers, leaving her alone on the streets of northern China, using and creating art, by her mother One of the gifts left, remains.
“The film is inspired by a true story,” said Director Leon Lee in his acceptance speech. The Vancouver-based filmmaker also won the coveted award Peabody Award For his documentary “Human Harvest” in 2014 About China’s illegal organ harvesting industry. with him Flying Cloud Productions Focuses on making films that highlight China’s crimes against humanity.
Luna Huang’s painful story forced Lee to make the film. Huang’s mother, Luo Zixiang, was stabbed to death when she was three months pregnant 2003 The brutal persecution of Falun Dafa followers started by the CCP in 1999 and continues to this day.
Falun DafaFalun Gong, also known as Falun, is a traditional Chinese self-improvement discipline consisting of five meditative practices along with ethical teachings centered on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. then-CCP chief Jiang Zemin Ordered for the abolition of the practice after the number of its followers exceeded the membership of the party, claiming it “threatened the stability of the country.”
While Huang lived with his grandparents, his father, who had previously been jailed to practice Falun Dafa, fled to Thailand. A year later his daughter went there with him. however, they were The two were detained by Thai authorities and almost deported back to China for participating in a peaceful protest in front of the Chinese consulate. Fortunately for them, the New Zealand government issued special visa And they were able to go to Auckland. That was in 2006, when Huang only 4 years old.
Lee said he wanted to bring to the audience the rare, real-life atrocities that followed the persecution of children of Falun Gong followers, when their parents were imprisoned and their children left alone or orphaned.
“I wanted to open people’s eyes to what’s happening to kids like Luna that transcend language, culture and age,” Lee said on the Films for Freedom website. “So I wrote Raag Doll without dialogue and set it in the world of stop-motion animation. It’s almost as if the audience is inside a child’s imagination, a magical place full of hope that everyone on Earth can relate to. “
He said he hopes the film, made with Academy Award winner Martin Meunier and veteran animator Richard Kent Burton, can also remind people that there is more to hope, imagination and determination than police batons or state-sponsored violence. are powerful.
Huang, now close to 20, said Yingying’s story resonates deeply with her.
“Rag Doll” is a heart-wrenching story that represents the cold truth faced by many children in China. I feel a sense of a deep kinship with the main character because we have both played so important and irreplaceable, our Mothers lost to horrific harassment.” he said.
“I want to ask children like me without parents in China to endure a little longer and be a good human being. I also hope that the policemen in China will stop persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. More children Don’t let the loss of a mother fall victim to you.”
In his acceptance speech, Lee said that even the children of Falun Dafa practitioners are subjected to forced labor.
“The movie is called ‘Rag Dolls’ because a famous brand of doll from Italy was actually made in a Chinese labor camp by children whose parents were persecuted. So I hope you get a chance to see the movie ragdollfilm.com and help shed light on their plight.”
“Rag Doll” was also officially selected for four Oscar-qualifying film festivals, including the LA Shorts International Film Festival, HolyShorts Film Festival, and Foyle Film Festival.