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They Chose China

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It is January 1954. The Korean War is over. Captured UN soldiers held in POW camps are free to return home. Those who refuse repatriation to their homeland are transferred to a neutral zone and given 90 days to reconsider their decision. Among them are 21 American soldiers who decide defiantly to stay in China.

Back in the United States, McCarthyism is at its height. Many Americans believe these young men have been brainwashed by Chinese communists through a new form of thought control. But what really happened?

Featuring never-before-seen footage from the Chinese camps as well as interviews with former POWs and their families, They Chose China tells the fascinating stories of these forgotten American dissidents.

With the Cold War fading into memory, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Shuibo Wang (Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square) aims his camera on this astonishing story. In They Chose China, we meet and begin to understand a group of courageous men who fought for and then cut ties with the USA.

2005, 52 min 26 s

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Silver Chris - Category: Humanities
International Film and Video Festival
November 7 to 12 2006, Columbus - USA

Grand Jury Award
United Nations Association Film Festival
October 25 to 29 2006, Stanford - USA

Platinum Remi Award
WorldFest - International Film Festival
April 21 to May 1 2006, Houston - USA

Golden Gate Award for Best Television Documentary Long Form
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
April 20 to May 4 2006, San Francisco - USA

Juror's Choice Award
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
January 1 to June 1 2006, Jersey City - USA

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