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'The 10 Conditions of Love' Controversy: Melbourne Film Festival

10 Conditions of Love by Jeff Daniels

Protesting the planned appearance of Uighur-independence activist Rebiya Kadeer, whom the Chinese government blames for the ethnic violence this month between Uighurs and Han Chinese, a hacker has posted a Chinese flag on the Web site of the Melbourne International Film Festival, the New York Times has reported, citing the Associated Press. The ethnic riots in the East Turkistan region left nearly 200 people dead.

The hacker, reportedly a Chinese man offended by Kadeer's scheduled appearance at the screening of Melbourne-based filmmaker Jeff Daniels' documentary The 10 Conditions of Love, also left messages in English demanding an apology from festival organizers. The 10 Conditions of Love, which chronicles Kadeer and her family's struggles against the Chinese government's oppression, premiered at the festival last night without any disturbances at the screening.

According to a festival spokesperson, there have been hundreds of other attempts to hack the Melbourne festival's site. Additionally, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has lambasted the The 10 Conditions of Love screening, a Chinese diplomat at the consulate in Melbourne has demanded that the film be withdrawn, and four Chinese films have been pulled out of the festival, which has been inundated with e-mails that festival director Richard Moore says are best described as “vile.”

The Melbourne festival's synopsis of The 10 Conditions of Love explains that two-time Nobel Prize nominee Rebiya Kadeer, at one point one of China's wealthiest citizens, spent six years in a Chinese prison before being exiled to Washington, D.C. Compounding matters, two of her sons have received lengthy prison sentences.

Kadeer is scheduled to attend the festival at a sold-out screening of The 10 Conditions of Love on Aug. 8. She denies having had any role in the recent ethnic violence.

The Melbourne Film Festival runs until Aug. 9.

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  1. EducatedMuslim313

    Let me first state that I'm not a Chinese but I do live in China, and I have no intention of constructing an abusive comment. But if in any way my claims are falsely based off uncertain facts, please do correct me if I may insist.

    I have been to Xingjiang myself. So I can testify that; Hui people along with any other minorities are equally treated there, if not; then better than Hans. They are well protected and have more rights than Hans. They are free to practice Islam (religion) while Hans are restricted in religions;if I may add- ever since Falungong practitioners lid themselves on fire along their own children. Ugyrs are free to choose what they wanna learn, their education is free after high school just like us in the west. And they are taxed way less than Hans according to not only number, but percentages in what they make. Not to mention the 1 per family system only applies on Hans. Rebiya herself has 11 children and was a rich woman before she came to America. So her claims of China's oppression on human rights seems highly questionalbe. Especially towards Ugyrs people; not to mention religion, education, taxation systems. It sounds more to me that “her people”'ve had more socialism treatment in China than communism treatments way more than majority Han chinese.
    Another question to raise is that, she went to prison in china for fraud against a fellow Ugyr woman. That was her first record of prison. And more than 1 Ugyr women have testified against her. Yet she claims what caused her first time ending up in jail was from speaking against Chinese government's oppression on minority people. When truly it was when the Tibetans were screaming “independence”, Rebiya joined and funded them for the cause (seemingly) for her own benefits {Just my assumptional point of view}. However, she also made a strange statement and took a gutly vow on March 17th 2005 before her release. Her speech was recorded on video & blocked off by many North American website controllers as China has blocked the western ones. I do speak chinese so I can clearify what she says in that video, as Rebiya Kadeer herself stated;

    “I owe the Communist party too much. I am a Chinese citizen. My country is China. My country is my papa. My country is my mama. This is not me pretending. I take this vow very seriously now with my life during night time, and as a Muslim who makes a vow at night, the vow is one with life in Holy Rules; that my country should always be unified. A unified China means a steady China. All tribes should be unified. I shall never reject that. I shall never cause killings of tribes in between innocents on either sides, in situations or people.” -
    Rebiya Kadeer 3/17/05

    Quite an un-usual statement.

    Afterwards, in that video she even sat around with chinese cops and laughed with them and kissed one police woman.

    Another issue to look at is that;
    In Islam, breaking a big vow taken with life is considered a great sin. And quite strangely, her statement does not make sense according to her cause of fighting for “her people”. because if the Chinese government was truly a tyrant, & that she was truly a Muslim, she wouldn't have said what she said. Because in Islam, speaking truth in front of tyrants was considered the basics in fighting for your people. And in Islam, only times allowable to decieve an enemy is when “been a Muslim” is a threat to life. And Taqi is not even allowed to include sacred vows with life at night. Plus Rebiya Kadeer was not even facing death charges. She was facing 10 years in prison for fraud. But instead, (seemingly) bought herself out with money and sweet words. Plus those pictures she showed on national television of chinese police patrolling the streets was not in xingjiang as she'd claimed, it was from another article of southeast province way before. Anyone who reads the paper here would recognize that right away. Plus the toy factory incident in GuangZhou was reported correctly. China did report that it was a Han's fault in making a false rumors online about Ugyrs raping a Han woman which never took place. And did hold that Han incident-causer responsible along with gang members of Han in jail for death of two Ugyrs during ethnic gang fight.

    Another thing; recently, Rebiya's own family spoke out against her. She claimed that they were forced to do so. - But when they interviewed her largely family members one by one, I just don't see a staged real tv. Especially after watching much of asian programs, in that short amount of time, it's impossible to train such good actors in regular asian citizens to speak with such truth in their eyes towards someone if they don't really mean it.

    I don't know, maybe some Ugyrs have been unjustly oppressed in the past, I have not witnessed it before, and am not witnessing it now. And I certainly have not heard of it from closely to 100 Ugyrs I've talked to, but so do any other ethnic groups in any other countries such as United States or even Muslim countries. Sadly, there are still people unjustly oppressed everywhere. This is just my side of my point of view, but I think all things should be looked at in all sides.

    I believe that all sides shall be free to provide their own cases shown with enough edvidence, instead of both sides are bias against one. And that somewhat speaks for myself inside in a way; since I've grown more attached to China over these years; while witnessing the magnificent job their government has done in stepping towards human rights & social development.

    Peace to all.
    Salam alaikum.

  2. Hadicha Aytuwar

    Hi Jeff,
    Just wanted to thank you for bringing the Uihgur people in the spotlight, i have spent the last twenty years fo my life trying to explain that i am from China, but i am not chinese. Finally, you have made a film which will let everyone in Australia know exactly where we are from and also i was wondering if in the near future you would allow SBS to show this film, that way everyone can see it!!
    Thanks Again