5 Cent Life

Dramatic Feature Composer

The true story of Lin Zhao who lived through the Chinese Civil War and the rise of the Communists. She attended a Christian school, but rejected Christian dogma and threw herself into Communist activity. During Mao’s 100-Flowers Movement, Lin Zhao answered the party’s call for feedback, declaring that it should respect political freedom. After a swift reversal of policy, the authorities arrested her. In prison, Lin Zhao was tortured, and abused.

During her 8-year incarceration, Lin Zhao defiantly wrote over 200,000 characters in her own blood on her sheets, uniforms, and cell walls refusing to back down.

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Festivals and Awards List for the 5-Cent Life Festival Run (2019-2020)

  • International Christian Film and Music Festival – Winner, Most Inspirational Film, Best Actress Nominee
  • Hot Springs International Women’s Film Festival – Festival Winner
  • Santa Monica International Film Festival – Honorable Mention
  • A Show for a Change – Best Cinematography
  • Faith in Film International Film Festival – Nominee, Best Inspirational Film
  • The Christian Film Festival – Best Drama, Best Writer, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume and Props
  • Reel Sisters of the Diaspora – Official Selection
  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Odyssey Fest – Hard Faith Official Selection
  • Dances with Films – Official Selection