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Burning Mission: Rescue Political Prisoners of Taiwan

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32 min
  • Politics
  • History
  • Investigative
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In the early 70s, an American and a Japanese formed a secret network linked with families of Taiwanese political prisoners to send abroad their appeals; these people were soon blacklisted by the Taiwan government. After the last political prisoner in Taiwan walked out of the Green Island Prison, Taiwan was assessed by Freedom House to be a completely free country in year 2000. The Taiwan Group of Amnesty International, composed mainly with young people, then began to take action to rescue political prisoners of other countries.


source: 2008 Taiwan International Documentary Festival

Director Statement

" Taiwan owes its democratic achievement to many international friends, who spent their youth striving for human rights. They ran the risk of their lives to rescue political prisoners whom they had never met before, however, their effort might not lead to any fruitful outcomes. Even worse is that many of them may be down and out at old age. As a documentary maker, the only thing I can do is to tape down their stories, and pass them over to generations to come." - Chen Lih-Kuei


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