They Chose China

by Shuibo Wang, Canada, 2005, 52’

In this feature-length documentary, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Shuibo Wang (Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square) turns his camera on the astonishing story of 21 American soldiers who chose to stay in China after the end of the Korean War in 1954. Back home in the United States, McCarthyism was at its height and many Americans believed these men had been brainwashed by Chinese Communists. But what really happened? Using never-before-seen footage from inside the Chinese camps and interviews with former prisoners of war and their families, They Chose China tells the fascinating stories of these forgotten American dissidents.

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