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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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Prix Silver Chris - catégorie: Humanitaire
Festival international du film et de la vidéo
Du 7 au 12 novembre 2006, Columbus - États-Unis

Grand Prix du Jury
United Nations Association Film Festival
Du 25 au 29 octobre 2006, Stanford - États-Unis

Prix Remi Platine
WorldFest - Festival international du film
Du 21 avril au 1 mai 2006, Houston - États-Unis

Prix Golden Gate pour meilleur documentaire télévision long métrage
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
Du 20 avril au 4 mai 2006, San Francisco - États-Unis

Prix du Jury
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
Du 1 janvier au 1 juin 2006, Jersey City - États-Unis

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