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About the Film

About the Film

A former Chinese state TV insider is held in a brainwashing camp and compelled to accept the official narrative on a fiery public suicide, which he believes was a government plot.

“I have been mesmerized since I happened upon this. As close to Black Mirror as you’ll find in non-fiction, it is a topical, necessary and important film.”
- Jeffrey Radice, Slamdance Film Festival Programmer


When Chinese state TV blames his faith for a fiery public suicide, Chen Ruichang is detained in a Clockwork Orange-style brainwashing facility and forced to accept the government’s account. But Chen, a former insider of the state TV himself, believes it was all a government plot. A CNN reporter smuggled out footage of the event that day, but was then muzzled by Beijing. Now, her eyewitness testimony helps untangle an intricate conspiracy, as Chinese authorities begin pressuring the filmmaker’s family and business associates. Ask No Questions shows the deadly power of media under authoritarian control. It also shows the remarkable power of an individual who refuses to compromise the truth.



"A tantalizing, real-life thriller that couldn't be more surreal if it were fiction."

“Dissects a dramatic event with clear arguments and reasonable analysis–it is very well done. Darkness must be exposed, and Ask No Questions can play a valuable role.”

"The film is particularly relevant now... a cautionary tale about how hard it can be to come to the truth."

"A wicked trip down the rabbit hole... Without a doubt, Ask No Questions is a must see."

"Like an ice bath with each revealed truth being another shred of ice raising the hairs on the back of your neck."

"A remarkable and heartbreaking story that will shatter your mind and shake you to the core."

"It shows the terrifying height of 'fake news' and presents a lot of difficult but timely questions about media, governmental authority, censorship, and freedom of the press."



Jason Loftus

Jason Loftus

Director, Producer

Jason Loftus is a Peabody Award-winning film producer and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. His work spans documentary, docuseries, virtual reality, narrative games, and animation. He is CEO of the Toronto-based Lofty Sky Entertainment and Lofty Sky Pictures. Ask No Questions is Jason’s directorial debut in a documentary feature.

Eric Pedicelli

Eric Pedicelli

Director, Editor

Eric’s films have highlighted women’s right to education in Ivory Coast, surveillance of activists in Rio de Janeiro, and internet censorship in Iran. He edited Black Code (directed by Nick de Pencier), examining perils faced by activists in the digital age. It premiered at TIFF and earned Eric a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Editing. Ask No Questions is his feature documentary directorial debut.




‘Ask No Questions’ now at KFF Market at 60th Krakow Film Festival

The riveting documentary feature Ask No Questions is part of the KFF Market at the 60th Krakow Film Festival, now underway in Poland. Accredited industry pass holders can screen the film in the KFF Market video library through June 7.

1091 Nabs 'Ask No Questions' Docu – DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD

The doc, which premiered at this year’s Slamdance, examines the captivating story of a Chinese state TV insider who is held and forced to accept the state line on a fiery public suicide he believes was a government plot. Evidence is credibly presented, shocking, and thorough, and the investigation leads into allegations of nefarious activity at a governmental scale.

1091 acquires 'Ask No Questions', sets release for June 30 – Yahoo! News

1091 has acquired rights to Ask No Questions, a journalistic true-crime documentary from Lofty Sky Pictures as well as filmmakers Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli. It slated to be released across all digital platforms throughout North America beginning on June 30.

REVIEW: A VR Movie House Experience of 'Ask No Questions' – SF Weekly

The film is particularly relevant now, as Americans wonder whether to trust official reports on the coronavirus pandemic — whether they come from the White House or the Chinese government. Ask No Questions serves as a cautionary tale about how hard it can be to come to the truth, especially when powerful central governments have an interest in the way the public perceives a given event.

VR Movie House: Ask No Questions (2020) – The Roxie Theater (San Francisco)

Experience the gripping feature documentary “Ask No Questions” in a special virtual reality theatrical screening and filmmaker Q&A. The team behind the film, which premiered to rave reviews at the Slamdance Film Festival in January, is responding to the global shelter-in-place by bringing its film to audiences in a virtual world, while raising funds for the Roxie!

An Interview with the Filmmakers Behind ASK NO QUESTIONS – Salt Lake Dirt

One of the standouts at this year's Slamdance Film Festival was the documentary Ask No Questions. We were fortunate enough to interview the filmmakers Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli.

Slamdance Documentary 'Ask No Questions' Moves Festival Run to Bigscreen VR – VR Focus

If you own an Oculus Quest or Go headset then hopefully you spent some of last week enjoying Tribeca Immersive’s Cinema360 programme which had 15 short films to enjoy. Tomorrow that trend continues as Bigscreen will play film festival host to documentary Ask No Questions.

The Roxie Theater Experiments with VR Screening of 'Ask No Questions' – SF Weekly

On April 28, the Roxie Virtual Cinema brings another unique opportunity to its audience with a virtual reality presentation of the 2020 documentary Ask No Questions. Presented by Lofty Sky Pictures, with support from SF DocFest, proceeds from the event go to the Roxie.

'Ask No Questions Film Moves Festival to Virtual Reality – Nerd News Social

With the recent shut in from Shelter In Place, and Stay At Home orders in place, everyone is trying to be good humans, and not doom their communities, and country. It’s hard to believe that our world will still be the same when we get out of this pandemic.

Riveting Documentary Feature 'Ask No Questions' Moves Festival Run Into Virtual Reality – OrcaSound

Independent filmmakers are known for innovatively thinking outside the box to promote their films. The team behind the gripping feature documentary “Ask No Questions” is offering audiences a chance to enjoy the theatrical experience of viewing a film — in a virtual reality cinema screening.

A Film Festival Screening In VR? ‘Ask No Questions’ Documentary Is Trying It, And Here’s How It Will Look – DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD

The filmmakers behind this year’s Slamdance documentary Ask No Questions saw their film’s festival run waylaid this spring by the industry’s coronavirus shutdown. Now they are teaming with San Francisco’s DocFest, where the pic was headed next, in an effort bring the fest screening experience to audiences in their homes.

Here's How 'Ask No Questions' VR Screening Will Look – Yahoo! Entertainment

The idea is an interesting one: Beginning April 28, Lofty Sky Pictures will screen Ask No Questions, a 2D film, in a 3D virtual theatrical environment dubbed VR Movie House, with each of the four showings to be followed by filmmaker Q&As.

Ask No Questions Tries Film Festival-Style Screening in VR – IMDb.com

A Film Festival Screening In Vr? It’s the latest effort from the indie film industry to survive in a world suddenly without access to its lifeblood: festivals like the shuttered SXSW and Tribeca and specialty theaters nationwide.

Ask No Questions Gets Support from Ai Weiwei

China's most notorious artist says Ask No Questions has important role to play exposing darkness in China.

Phoenix Film Festival Screening of 'Ask No Questions' Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, the 2020 Phoenix Film Festival is being postponed and along with it the screening of 'Ask No Questions.' The festival looks forward to playing on new dates in the future, and we look forward to sharing our film with audiences in Phoenix. Stay tuned, and stay safe!

'Ask No Questions' Available at Agora Doc Market at 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Following the very hard decision to suspend all onsite activities of the 22nd TDF/Agora Doc Market organizers are moving ahead with an online version. 'Ask No Questions' will be available to screen for accredited industry and press delegates to the Agora Doc Market beginning March 7.

Tickets Now Available for 'Ask No Questions' at PFF – Phoenix Film Festival

Tickets are now available with three showings on opening weekend! Looking forward to seeing you at Arizona's largest film festival.

Interview - Ask No Questions – "One Week Only" Podcast

"Ask No Questions" is a gripping documentary investigation into a suspicious public suicide in China and the subsequent government persecution of the Falun Gong religious movement.

Documentary ‘Ask No Questions’ Exposes China’s Propaganda Against Falun Gong – Vision Times

Ask No Questions is a documentary that was screened at the Slamdance Film Festival last month. Directed by Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli, the documentary shows the dark side of the Chinese government and how they run a vicious propaganda campaign to discredit the spiritual practice of Falun Gong.

Slamdance Documentary Asks Questions About Chinese Government Oppression – KPCW

There are film-makers on every corner in Park City this week—including some from the Slamdance Film Festival, playing at the Treasure Mountain Inn. One of the entries is a documentary, “Ask No Questions”, which aims to turn a probing eye on the Chinese government.

IE writer Misa Shikuma brings us reviews from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival – International Examiner

The Sundance Film Festival took place in Park City, UT, January 26 – February 2, 2020. International Examiner writer Misa Shikuma attended to provide coverage of select films featuring API stories, artists, actors and/or originating from API countries. Here she reviews: A Thousand Cuts; Ask No Questions; and Be Water.

Film Review: ‘Ask No Questions’: There’s Fake News and Then There’s Fake News – Epoch Times

Slamdance ‘20 presents exposé of Chinese Communist Party framing Falun Dafa

Slamdance doumentary ‘Ask No Questions’ shows state propaganda’s effect in China – Park Record Newspaper

In Jason Loftus’s documentary, “Ask No Questions,” which will screen Jan. 25 and 29 during the Slamdance Film Festival, audiences can see how propaganda is used to sway public opinion, especially in authoritarian countries.

Ask No Questions – Letterboxed

It's surprising to learn Jason Loftus isn't a journalist when he approaches the making of this documentary with more straightforward journalistic integrity than you'll find at many major publications. His history with the topic is stated from the very beginning, he presents arguments from both sides, and he never passes judgement even while his business is blackballed and his wife is cut off from contact with her family...

Slamdance Film Festival : Ask No Questions – FilmSchool Radio

In ASK NO QUESTIONS Chinese State TV blames his faith for a fiery public suicide, Chen Ruichang is detained in a Clockwork Orange-style brainwashing facility and forced to accept the government’s account.

Ask No Questions to Premiere at Slamdance

Lofty Sky’s story of brainwashing and abuse in China is among nine documentary features in competition in Park City; screens Jan. 25th and 29th.

Ask No Questions to debut at Slamdance – Playback

The film from directors Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli will make its world premiere as part of the festival's Documentary Features lineup.

Slamdance unveils 2020 feature film competition line-up – Screen Daily

New work from Uruguay, Japan and South Africa are among the 20-strong Slamdance Film Festival feature film competition line-up unveiled on Monday (December 2) alongside the second Breakouts selection.

Slamdance Film Festival Unveils 2020 Competition Lineup – Variety

Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 26th anniversary narrative and documentary feature film competition programs, as well as the lineup for its new breakouts section.

Chernobyl, Bigfoot and Political Drag Queens Highlight Slamdance 2020 Lineup – The Wrap

The Slamdance Film Festival unveiled its 2020 lineup of microbudget films Monday that will premiere at the Sundance alternative, among of which include projects about Chernobyl, a brainwashing camp, drag queens and a taxidermist looking for Bigfoot.

Slamdance Unveils Films In Narrative And Documentary Competition, Sets Return Of Russo Fellowship – Deadline

The 26th edition of the Slamdance Film Festival has set its slate for the films in the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs as well as the lineup for their Breakouts section. The fest will take place in Park City, Utah January 24-30, 2020.