An entrepreneur. A renowned doctor. The son of Communist officials. Three rich and well-connected members of China’s upper class happen to practice Falun Gong, a meditation discipline wildly popular in China. But in 1999, the practice is banned by Communist Party head Jiang Zemin: an act accompanied by book burnings, violent arrests, and a Mao-esque smear campaign. As more and more of their fellow practitioners are tortured, and even killed, in state custody, the three take legal action against Jiang, risking their very lives. But their actions touched off a movement. Years later, over 200,000 Chinese citizens have followed suit, making it one of the largest human rights legal actions in history.


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