Letter from Masanjia

A potent documentary...it’s an important story, made more intense by its tight focus…well-told.


Letter from Masanjia

When an SOS note from a political prisoner in China is discovered in a box of Kmart Halloween decorations purchased by a mom in Oregon, it sparks headlines that push the Chinese government to abolish its cruel labor camp system and inspires the note’s author to expose ongoing human rights violations in China, despite the risks. Directed by Peabody Award winner Leon Lee, Letter from Masanjia won the Audience Award for Documentary Feature at the 41st Asian American International Film Festival in New York and was an official selection of Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival 2018 where it was voted into the Top 20 Audience Favourites out of 247 films.

“An astonishing sequence of events.” - BBC World Service, Outlook
"You have to see this amazing story to believe it." - POV Magazine
"This film restored my faith in humanity." - Hot Docs Director of Programming
Fascism, Politics & World Affairs, Documentary
English, Mandarin
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times

What begins as an unusual “message in a bottle” story builds to a powerful tale of human suffering, compassion and perseverance in “Letter From Masanjia,” a documentary directed by Leon Lee and co-writer Caylan Ford. In 2012, Julie Keith of Damascus, Ore., opened a package of Halloween decorations ...

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