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They Chose China - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB535041
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Claude Bonin, Éric Michel, Paul Saadoun
Directors:  Shui-Bo Wang
Producing Agencies:  13 Production (Marseille), ARTE France ([s.l.]), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Civics, Documentary, Geography, History, Politics, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2005
Running Time:  52:26
Closed Captions:  Yes

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It is January 1954. The Korean War is over. Captured UN soldiers held in POW camps are free to return home. Those who refuse repatriation to their homeland are transferred to a neutral zone and given 90 days to reconsider their decision. Among them are 21 American soldiers who decide defiantly to stay in China.

Back in the United States, McCarthyism is at its height. Many Americans believe these young men have been brainwashed by Chinese communists through a new form of thought control. But what really happened?

Featuring never-before-seen footage from the Chinese camps as well as interviews with former POWs and their families, They Chose China tells the fascinating stories of these forgotten American dissidents.

With the Cold War fading into memory, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Shuibo Wang (Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square) aims his camera on this astonishing story. In They Chose China, we meet and begin to understand a group of courageous men who fought for and then cut ties with the USA.

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