Michael Perlman is an award-winning filmmaker, performing artist, attorney, and founder of two not-for-profit organizations. He works with human rights organizations in the US, Burma, China and Sudan, and has been selected by Amnesty International as an official Artist for Amnesty. He helped found and served on the board of Cross Cultural Solutions, and is also the founder and director of Rock To Save Darfur, which produced concert benefits that have helped thousands of lives and freed hundreds of slaves. He produced, wrote and directed the New York Times Critics Choice film Eyes of the World, and the award-winning PBS International documentary Tibet:Beyond Fear. Perlman’s most recent film is Free China: The Courage to Believe. Karen Curry, former CNN New York Bureau Chief, praised the film as “Intensely compelling…extraordinary.”
About the Film
From the award-winning director Michael Perlman, Free China: The Courage toBelieve examines widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member; Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese- American businessman; and hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens, who are imprisoned, tortured and subjected to slave labor for their spiritual beliefs. The film highlights how Internet technologies are aiding human rights activists around the world, by allowing uncensored information into closed societies. The film also sheds light on how a re-emergence of traditional Chinese culture and spirituality are helping bring about a new China.