Now and For the Future | TV Series | 25 min
Falun Gong becomes accepted and endorsed by the Chinese state within a new category of human science. Yet its substantial popularity growth and free-to-practice nature disrupt contemporary Qigong practices founded by other teachers who are largely in it for profit. They begin an effort to discredit Falun Gong. Falun Gong practitioners would voluntarily and peacefully approach the local or provincial state media who cited the defamatory statements, or those who had ill intentions towards Falun Gong, to explain the principles and demonstrate the exercises. Through this process, many came to know Falun Gong as a good practice with positive principles. However, the continued rapid growth of the practice would eventually catch full attention of the Chinese Communist Party’s leader, and an investigation is launched as precursor to a full ban.