Laogai Museum Film Series: September 2011

Posted: September 7, 2011 in Events


The Laogai Museum will be continuing with its film series in the month of September. We will be showing documentaries that show the human devastation caused by Mao and his communist regime. As always, this is open to the general public and is free of charge.


In Search of Lin Zhao’s Soul

September 10th, 2 pm
117 min. 

Bian Zhongyun

Interviews with former classmates, friends, and relatives of political dissident Lin Zhao shed light on who she was. Arrested for criticizing the Communist Party during the Anti-Rightist movement, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. After her pen was confiscated, she used her own blood to continue writing on her prison walls- totaling over 200,000 “blood” words in all. This documentary provides insight into Lin Zhao’s spirit and her beliefs.


Though I Am Gone

September 17th, 2 pm
69 min.

Bian ZhongyunThis is the story of Wang Jingyao and his wife Bian Zhongyun, and how the Cultural Revolution turned their lives upside-down. Wang discusses the photos and artifacts that he saved from that time, telling the sad story of Bian Zhongyun. This documentary reveals the control Mao Zedong had over the youth during that time; in essence, he encouraged youths to vandalize and kill, causing Chinese society to sink into a state of fear and anarchy.
(contains unsettling images and descriptions)


CBC Witness – Laogai: Inside China’s Gulag

September 24th, 2 pm
62 min.

Secret videos taken by political dissident Harry Wu and his wife during their 1991 trip to China, China’s oppressive Laogai forced labor camps are exposed. These videos and pictures are the first documented evidence seen by the West. Testimonies of Laogai survivors give a glimpse of the tragedies that befell the Chinese at the hands of Mao and CCP.



Where: Laogai Museum, 1734 20th Street NW, Washington DC 20009

Contact:, 202.730.9308

Museum Hours: M-F 10-6, Sat. 10-5     |     Free Admission!


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