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Canada’s China-born Miss World contestant Anastasia Lin has won her bid to attend the U.S. premiere of an indie movie she stars in after organizers earlier claimed the beauty queen had been denied permission by the Miss World Organization.
A representative for Lin in Toronto confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that the reigning Miss World Canada and Toronto-based actress will be on hand in Washington, D.C. for the Wednesday night screening of The Bleeding Edge, a thriller about forced human organ harvesting in China by award-winning director Leon Lee.
Lin’s reps signaling she will attend follows the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which is organizing the film screening, on Tuesday claiming the London-based Miss World Organization imposed a “gag order” on the beauty queen because of her longstanding activism against religious persecution in China.
That was followed by Julia Morley, chair and CEO of the Miss World Organization, telling the Hollywood Reporter that Lin had always been free to attend the U.S. premiere, and had never made a personal request to do so.
The Canadian-made film, in which Lin plays a mother and Falun Gong practitioner jailed and tortured in a Chinese labor camp, will screen tonight ahead of Sunday’s Miss World pageant finals in Washington in which Lin will represent Canada.
Morley said she would personally ask the Miss World beauty queen on Wednesday if she wanted to attend the screening. “Ms Lin has not been blocked from anything. She is a free person to do exactly what she wishes to do,” Morley said in an emailed statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Bleeding Edge was financed by Canadian tax credits and industry subsidies received after Lee earned a Peabody Award for his 2014 documentary Human Harvest, about illegal organ harvesting in China.
This is not the first time Canadians have been subject to apparent pressure from Chinese authorities over films about the banned Falun Gong. The CBC in 2007 pulled a documentary that probed Falun Gong persecution in China after receiving protests from Chinese diplomats and ahead of the public network’s broadcast of the 2008 Summer Olympics from Beijing.
Lin’s other movie credits include the thriller Destined, directed by Ray Yuan and Xinyu Wang, and Red Lotus, a short film for Swedish television by Fenix Film that has the Canadian actress playing a young woman jailed for her Falun Gong ties.
Dec. 14, 10:45 am., 4:30 p.m. Updated with comments by Miss World Organization chair Julia Morley on Anastasia Lin and her The Bleeding Edge film premiere, and confirmation that Lin will attend film screening.
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