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Film Screening and Discussion of “Broken Harmony: China’s Dissidents”

October 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event


Please join us for a film screening with:

Teng Biao, human rights lawyer; President

China Against the Death Penalty

Hua Ze, human rights activist; Executive Director of a human rights organization 

(confidential for safety reasons)

He Yang, documentary filmmaker; former human rights activist 

Risa Morimoto, Director

Diana Chiawen Lee, Producer


Moderated by:

Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science

Columbia University 


Broken Harmony: China’s Dissidents tells the story of Hua Ze, an ordinary Chinese citizen for whom a discovery of corruption led her into a hidden world of dissidents, citizen journalism, police harassment and kidnappings.


Once a mild mannered TV director, Hua Ze discovered that an old friend reporting on alleged corruption after the Sichuan earthquake had disappeared, along with any mention of him online. Following a trail of leads over the great internet fire wall of China, she discovers not just the fate of her friend, but the truth behind Sichuan’s fatal building code violations, a jaw-dropping array of human rights abuses across China and comes to the realization that the entire internet in China is a state controlled fiction.


Hua’s awakening takes her into a new world of dissidents, journalists and human rights lawyers. As she begins her own reporting, pressure from the government is swift, and her world is turned upside down. She is forced out of her job and placed under surveillance. One by one, her new friends are arrested or detained. Phones are tapped and secretive threats and warnings are made. But Hua cannot turn a blind eye to the corruption and she pays the price.


When ordinary Chinese citizens go to extraordinary lengths to fight human rights abuses, the risks are enormous, even life-threatening. Broken Harmony reveals Hua’s courageous acts and willingness to lose everything to fight for justice and the rule of law. 


This is a Weatherhead East Asian Arts and Culture event.

No registration required.



October 30, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM



International Affairs Building, Room 918

420 West 118th Street

For press inquiries, please contact Ariana King ak4364@columbia.edu.


October 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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