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SYNOPSIS: UNITED STATES OF CHINA
Award winning script: 1st place awards in New York, Barcelona, and Europe.
Updated in 2021 for serialization on Netflix or a feature length movie.
United States of China is not just a movie. It is a wake up call to all of us. It Can Happen Here! It IS happening here!
In 2022 the International Monetary Fund approves the Chinese yuan as preferred currency, downgrading the U.S. dollar throughout the world. America can no longer borrow from Beijing to refinance its skyrocketing debt.
A year later, the United States defaults on trillions of dollars of debt to China. As a result of the economic and political capitulation, and China’s sudden declaration of martial law, “to save millions of American lives,” we become the United States of China.
We witness the transition as it occurs in Seattle, Washington. The Chinese flag is raised over City Hall, boats and planes are ferrying Chinese military into ports and airports, schools, banks and police stations close, bilingual signs go up, and the Chinese act as if they own the place, which they do.
The transformation takes place against the backdrop of the trial of Miriam Hopkins, a former American terrorist who hated what her country stood for, but has become the symbol of resistance to the takeover. With a threadbare defense based on a supposed Chinese conspiracy, Miriam stands alone in defiance of China.
Hopkins is tried in a closed Chinese courtroom, in a sham trial, convicted, and sentenced to death. Worldwide opposition to the trial forces the Chinese Supreme Court to overthrow the verdict and order a new trial for Miriam, this time under American courtroom jurisprudence, with Miriam allowed to act as her own attorney.
Surprisingly, the flamboyant and openly gay Chinese prosecutor welcomes the opportunity to retry Miriam under these Western conditions. He pits his courtroom strategies against a seemingly overwhelmed defendant with witnesses equal to the task and a Chinese judge who adds a good measure of humor to the trial.
Miriam proves to be her own worst enemy, unable to sustain her conspiracy theory and hell bent on presenting her truth and nothing but her truth, destroying any legal credibility. She will go down with her ship, the final vestige of a diehard refusal to surrender the dream of a lasting America.
In the closing minutes of her retrial, with everything on the line, Miriam is cajoled and led by the shrewd prosecutor into standing behind what she believes in - knowing it will result in the death penalty. Just what the prosecutor had planned.
Unbeknownst to everyone including the prosecutor, Beijing has other plans for Miriam Hopkins. Revealed in the final scene in her prison cell, as she awaits news of her imminent death sentence, Miriam is told that she is to be released. She is more valuable to China alive.
Miriam’s shocking liberation appears to be the climax, but there is a startling kicker to the story - the wake up call we’ve been waiting for. We finally discover who is really responsible for the takeover of America, and it’s not the Chinese!
Note: There is a Part II another 8 segments or feature film.