Human Interest, 65’ and 52’ in HD
The story of Canada’s Miss World, Anastasia Lin burst onto front pages when her father, who lives in China was threatened by Chinese security forces because of Anastasia’s public stance on human rights violations. Unbeknown to her she had been declared ‘persona non grata’ by authorities preventing her from traveling to Sanya, China to represent Canada at the 2015 Miss World Pageant.
Her attempt to enter the country played out on the world stage, landing her on the front page of The New York Times, appearing on CNN, Der Spiegel, Cosmopolitan and other major media outlets. Despite not being able to compete in the finals that year, Anastasia becomes the beauty queen who captures the world’s attention.
Drama, danger and fear follow Anastasia as she becomes the darling of the human rights community, using her beauty and notoriety to bring the world’s attention to an increasing list of China’s atrocities: the persecution of prisoners of conscience and forced human organ harvesting. All this, while dealing with the very real heartbreak of endangering her father’s life. Anastasia constantly finds herself in dilemma—having to choose between speaking out and staying silent.