Washington D.C., May 5, 2023 / 08:20 am
A new film about Hong Kong media mogul turned pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai has amassed more than 1 million views on YouTube and over 4 million views on TikTok in just two weeks.
Interweaving historic footage, video of mass protests and arrests, and interviews with Lai and those who know him well, “The Hong Konger: Jimmy Lai’s Extraordinary Struggle for Freedom” is a 73-minute documentary available for free on YouTube produced by the Acton Institute, a think tank based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Lai, 75, who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize along with five other prisoners of conscience in Hong Kong, including Cardinal Joseph Zen, has now been in prison for over two and a half years for defending human rights and democracy against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The film has struck a chord with viewers.