For the first time, the “other China” fills the screen and has its say. Women gives a voice to the civil conscience of many who fight in the struggle for a better country. The voices in this film are all conscientious citizens doing their utmost to improve the state of their nation. Their ethos is: «Where affairs of state are concerned, we cannot stand idly by and watch». And yet the reward for their concern is a lifetime spent in political turmoil, years of periodic intimidation and surveillance. This film illustrates the perils of seeking freedom in a time of darkness, in a time when criticism requires transformation. It depicts the harsh realities faced by three generations of activists – young, middle-aged and elderly – and allows us to better understand their anxieties, hopes, despairs and above all, their persistence.