Interesting piece on how the CCCP tried to force the Melbourne International Film Festival to drop a documentary on Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer. First there were phone calls. Then boycotts by other Chinese directors (it's pretty sad to see Jia Zhangke, formerly an indie pioneer, sell-the-f*&k-out to the government who once wouldn't allow him to screen his pictures). And finally, 'cyberwar,' aimed at shutting down the festival's website (though this could be the work of China's private, indignant netizens, and not the government.)
A single story like this seems, to me, far more damaging to the institution that brought it on, and to the international reputation of certain filmmakers, than just leaving the situation alone. It draws attention to the film and the Uighur cause, and consequently makes Beijing looks foolish and petty. The converse: a few hundred Australians watch a documentary, perhaps share the experience with friends, and it's all forgotten.
Thanks for the link, Chris.