For decades, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has sought to forcibly assimilate the Uyghur Muslim community in Xinjiang (East Turkistan), an autonomous territory in northwest China. The CCP's violent campaign has involved forced sterilization, sexual violence, enslavement, torture, and the establishment of vast concentration camps that call to mind Nazi camps a generation earlier.
Join The Museum of Jewish Heritage for a program exploring the modern-day genocide occurring in northwest China shortly before China is set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The program will feature an exclusive, private screening of In Search of My Sister (2021, 80 minutes, English), a new film that tells the story of American Uyghur activist Rushan Abbas. Due to Rushan's public criticism of the CCP, her sister, Dr. Gulshan Abbas, was detained in Chinese camps along with two to three million other Uyghurs. The film chronicles Rushan's journey as she searches for proof that her sister is alive.
Following the film, the program will feature a panel discussion with Rushan Abbas; Jawad Mir, the film's director; and Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador and former President of American Jewish World Service. The exclusive, private film screening and discussion are co-presented by the Jewish Movement for Uyghur Freedom.