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Deleted – New Zealand’s Links To A Covert Genocide


Stuff
Circuit’s latest documentary, Deleted, investigates
China’s persecution of Uyghurs and reveals how all of us –
including the New Zealand government – are
compromised.

There’s growing international awareness
of mass-scale human rights violations of Uyghurs, an ethnic
minority in Xinjiang, north-western China: intensive
surveillance, extra-judicial detentions, forced
labour.

Deleted is centred around New
Zealand’s role: telling the stories of Uyghur New
Zealanders and their fight to find out what’s happened to
missing family members, while also investigating our own
connections to those very same human rights
abuses.

“The scale and horror of what’s happening
to Uyghurs is becoming increasingly apparent,” says
producer Lousia Cleave, “and hearing accounts from the
Uyghur community here about their friends and family who
have disappeared is heartbreaking.”

“So we
wondered: what New Zealand connections are there? Can we be
comfortable with our position in what is now being described
as a genocide? So we did some digging.”

The
resulting Stuff Circuit investigation establishes
relationships between New Zealand businesses and a Chinese
company singled out for playing a leading role in the human
rights violations of Uyghurs.

“What’s more”,
says Cleave, “there are government links too.”

New
Zealand is economically dependent on China – our biggest
trading partner – and while our government says it’s
concerned about the situation facing Uyghurs, Stuff
Circuit’s documentary exposes how its actions don’t back
up those words.

Because of the difficulties in
reporting from Xinjiang, Stuff Circuit had to come up with
an innovative way to tell the story.

Director/editor
Toby Longbottom says the result is a new creative direction
for the team.

“This was one of the most visually
challenging projects we’ve worked on and it was important
to find a way to tell this vital story in a way people could
connect with.”

“We’re pleased with the result,”
says Longbottom. “It’s a story that needed to be told
and we’re glad we’ve found a unique way to do
that.”

Deleted was funded with support from
NZ On Air. Scan the QR code below to watch the documentary
and explore interactive content at www.stuff.co.nz/deleted.

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