News Report: Local Documentary ‘Hard to Believe’ to Show at HIFF in Middletown

 
I had stumbled on a gruesome murder mystery.
— Ken Stone, Director, Hard to Believe
This is the most destructive thing you can do to a society, to take their most trusted members…and turn them into these monsters.
— Ethan Gutmann, Investigative Journalist

"'Hard to Believe' is coming to the Hoboken Film Festival on June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre where government forces killed hundreds of peaceful democracy protesters in its main square.

The film follows the trail of Gutmann’s investigation as he begins to unravel the crime that no one wants to admit is happening.

In the documentary 'Hard to Believe,' Investigative reporter Ethan Gutmann recalls the first time he sat down with Falun Gong practitioners who escaped from labor camps and prisons in China.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice with several meditative exercises. First introduced to the public in China in 1992, it began to be persecuted in China in 1999 because of its widespread popularity and belief in the divine, something China’s Communist Party has tried hard to stamp out.

The Falun Gong practitioners he spoke to told him about their torture while imprisoned. Hidden within their horrific accounts was the phrase 'physical exam.' Wait a minute, Gutmann thought to himself. Physical exams? Why? And why only on Falun Gong adherents?

The Falun Gong practitioners he spoke to did not understand his interest in the exams. 'I’ve been tortured in the most horrible ways,' they told him, as if to say this was the least relevant part of their story."

Read the full report online by Epoch Times Orange County.