Letter from Masanjia


TIFF Lightbox 3 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 8:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 2:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Fri, May 4, 2018 4:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Activism
Politics & Political Intrigue
East Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Leon Lee
Producer(s):Leon Lee
Editor(s):Patrick Carroll
Writer(s):Caylan Ford
Leon Lee
Cinematography:Marcus Fung
Sun Yi
Composer:Michael Richard Plowman


When a woman in Oregon opens a box of Halloween decorations and finds a distressing letter written by a political prisoner from inside a Chinese labour camp, her discovery makes waves across major news outlets worldwide. Meanwhile, the author of the letter, Sun Yi, breaks through internet firewalls to learn about the attention his letter has received and joins forces with an underground network of journalists and Chinese dissidents to reveal his entire story. From Peabody Award–winning director Leon Lee, Letter From Masanjia takes us deep into the horrific realities of China's labour camps through the eyes of Sun Yi, who's determined to expose these unthinkable human rights violations. Despite being hotly pursued by local authorities, he stops at nothing to find justice, ultimately leading to large-scale reform of China's labour camp system. Mariam Zaidi

Additional Information

POV - Hot Docs Programmers’ Picks: Part 1

POV - "You have to see this amazing story to believe it."

BC Local News - "'I'd be in prison in China': Surrey filmmaker sines light on a 'message in a bottle' story in native country."

Macleans - "I found an SOS note from China in a box of decorations—and it changed how I live."