Italy: Documentary Free China Plays to Full House in Prato

The City of Prato sponsored a public screening of the documentary film Free China in the historic Emperor's Castle (Il Castello dell'Imperatore di Prato) on August 24. In response to audience request, Director of the Department of Culture, Mr. Simone Mangani decided to add an additional screening that same night.

Prato has the largest Chinese population in Italy, and there were many Chinese people in the audience.

Il Castello dell'Imperatore di Prato
A well-attended screening of the documentary Free China at Prato's Castello dell'Imperatore

The award winning Free China: The Courage to Believe tells the story of Falun Gong practitioners in China and overseas who remain courageously persistent in their belief in the face of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutal suppression.

After seeing the film, many audience members expressed their support for Falun Gong practitioners' endeavors to expose the persecution and encouraged them to show the film to a much wider audience.

Viewers were deeply disturbed by the CCP's forced organ harvesting of persecuted Falun Gong practitioners. “The film provides a unique view of China,” said Mr. Poli, president of the Prato Lions club of Lions Clubs International. “China is a country with 5,000 years of history and an advanced civilization. Unfortunately, materialism has become so popular and profit has become the only focus. However, human beings have a spiritual side. I think we ought to promote the film in larger cities.”

TV Prato reported on the documentary screening the following day

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