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The Dark Hour Before the Dawn(English Subtitles)

Since it came to power in mainland China in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party has been unceasing in its persecution of religious faith. It has frantically arrested and murdered Christians, expelled and abused missionaries operating in China, confiscated and destroyed countless copies of the Bible, sealed up and demolished church buildings, and tried to eradicate all house churches.
This documentary describes the real experience of a Chinese Christian, Yang Huizhi who was arrested by the CCP government, tortured, and died from her mistreatment because of her belief in God.
After Yang Huizhi died, the CCP government falsely claimed that her death had been the result of a heart attack. Her family wanted to seek justice for her, but were ultimately scared into keeping quiet because of the CCP’s threats.

  • Jason Jia
  • TongXin
  • LI NA
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of
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Director Biography - Jason Jia

Eastern Lightning, The Church of Almighty God was created because of the appearance and work of Almighty God, the second coming of the Lord Jesus, Christ of the last days. It is made up of all those who accept Almighty God's work in the last days and are conquered and saved by His words. It was entirely founded by Almighty God personally and is led by Him as the Shepherd. It was definitely not created by a person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. God's sheep hear God's voice. As long as you read the words of Almighty God, you will see God has appeared.

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Director Statement

Due to the continued deterioration of human rights conditions for the Chinese people and the worsening persecution of religion in China, we hope that the film "The Dark Hour Before the Dawn" will have the chance to be screened at the film festival. Through this film, we hope that more attention will be paid to the issue of human rights in China and the issue of religious freedom!

There are some details regarding the documentary film:

1. This is a documentary about the Chinese Communist government’s flagrant encroachment of the religious freedom and human rights of Chinese Christians—a subject matter rarely seen in recent years. Exquisitely-shot, it reveals the persecution experienced by Chinese Christians and the emotions they felt, providing a window to understanding the true lives of Chinese Christians and their families.

2. The film was independently completed in mid-July 2017 by the Church of Almighty God Film Center.

3. The documentary is entirely faithful to the real experiences of Chinese Christians who were persecuted by the CCP. Pseudonyms were used for the people in the film in order to protect the safety of the persecuted Christian families. However, the circumstances and stories of these individuals are completely factual and well-documented and they have not been fictionalized in any way.

4. The directors, screenwriter, and performers in this film as well as the rest of the cast, crew, and staff members are all Christians who have fled abroad to escape persecution by the Chinese Communist Party. They received no remuneration for their involvement in this film.

5. This film was co-directed by a young and a middle-aged Christian and this is the first documentary film they have shot.

The Church of Almighty God Film Center
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Email: film@thechurchofalmightygod.org