Public Screening of Documentary ‘Hard to Believe’ in New Zealand Gets Warm Response

August 21, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner

Public Screening of Documentary Hard to Believe in New Zealand Gets Warm Response

(Minghui.org) The documentary Hard to Believe by director Ken Stone reveals China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit. The film, which has won many awards, was shown to the public at the Paramount Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand on the evening of August 16, 2016, with a full-house audience.

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Theater venue

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Audience member asks questions after the film screening.

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Invited guests answer questions from the viewers.

A question and answer session was held after the screening. Marama Davidson, Member of Parliament (MP) of the Green Party, moderated the session. Journalist Ethan Gutmann, who participated in investigating the live organ harvesting, Jaya Gibson, and Angela Ballantyne, president of the International Association of Bioethics and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice in University of Otago Wellington, answered questions from the viewers on the spot. Jacob Lavee, professor of surgery at the Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University and president of the Israel Society of Transplantation, answered questions via a videoconference.

After watching the documentary, many viewers wished to know what they could do to help stop the atrocities. Gutmann said that each one could tell his doctor about the topic and raise awareness in their community.

MP Davidson said she felt that live organ harvesting should not be happening. She said she would study more and initiate a resolution like those passed by the U.S. Congress and European Parliament to help stop the horrible crimes in China.

Well-known human rights lawyer Kerry Gore watched the documentary in the theater. He said, “We noticed that resolution H.Res 343 passed in the U.S. Congress. It is an important step to recognize the Communist Party’s crime of live organ harvesting. The live organ harvesting must stop. I believe that New Zealand parliament shall pass a similar resolution.”

Dame Margaret Sparrow, a well-known doctor, also watched the documentary in the theater. She said it was her first time hearing about the systematic live organ harvesting, and she was shocked. She indicated it was “intolerable, completely wrong, and a grave trampling of human rights.” She believed that any medical person would object the crime.

Ben Gray, a doctor, said he had received information about the live organ harvesting atrocities before, but felt it was hard to believe. He believed the existence of the crime after watching the film, and listened to the answers. He said, “As a doctor, I will convince politicians with my profession. I hope that a code like that in Israel can be passed in New Zealand to make organ transplantation touring to China illegal.”

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Christina Thinrauch, who works for the railway, watched the documentary.

Christina Thinrauch, who works for the railway bureau, watched the documentary, and said that the live organ harvesting was horrible. She said that each patient going to China for organs needs to know the source. In this way, each one can help stop the evil crime.

Chinese version available

Category: Organ Harvesting

Film Human Harvest Shown in the British Parliament

November 10, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Tang Xiuming

(Minghui.org) A screening of the documentary film Human Harvest: China’s illegal organ trade was held in the British Parliament for the first time on November 4, 2015. The film was honored as the best 2015 International Investigative Documentary by the Association of International Broadcasters (AIB), and has received the prestigious Peabody Award.

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Poster for documentary film Human Harvest: China’s illegal organ trade

Human Harvest follows Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and David Kilgour as they investigate the atrocities of illegal organ harvesting in China, particularly of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. They estimate that 40,000 to 60,000 people have been killed for their organs in China.

The film has been shown in over 20 countries to great critical and audience acclaim.

The AIB wrote in announcing the award: “Our judges said that this program effectively captures the horror of the story through credible testimony and proactive research. Complemented by outstanding production values and solid structures, this documentary told a story that definitely needs to be more widely known.”

Officials Express Concern About the CCP’s Live Organ Harvesting

A Lord of the upper house said the film was “Stunning” after watching it. He also wished to know whether the organ harvesting atrocities still continue.

Dr. Alex Chen, representative of DAFOH (Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting), answered the question. He pointed out that China’s promise to stop using organs from death-row prisoners is a semantic trick. He continued that actually death-row prisoners are still being used as organ source but they are categorized under “voluntary donation” like ordinary citizens. However the use of “voluntarily donated” prisoner organs in China continues to violate international ethical guidelines. The World Medical Association (WMA) states unmistakably in its policy that “in jurisdictions where the death penalty is practiced, executed prisoners must not be considered as organ and/or tissue donors.”

Filmmaker Wants to Raise Awareness

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Director Leon Lee attends the award ceremony in London

Filmmaker Leon Lee said, “Facing such a crime against humanity, as a human being you have a decision to make… It is a powerful thing to have more people know the issue. The more people know it, the more positive effect on stopping the crime there will be. From feedback from screenings in many countries including the screening in the UK Parliament, we are confident the crime will be stopped.”

NGO Chair: Live Organ Harvesting Must Be Stopped

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Daisy Arcilla Brett-Holt, Chair of Worldwide Philippine Jury Initiative PH &UK, watches the film in the UK Parliament at 1 pm on November 4, 2015.

Daisy Arcilla Brett-Holt, Chair of Worldwide Philippine Jury Initiative PH &UK, had been a teacher in Philippine, UK and Nigeria. She watched the film in the UK Parliament on November 4.

She said, “My God, I heard that some kidney patients in the Philippines went to China. But I have never thought they went there for organ transplants. This is horrible. This is a powerful film.”

She continued, “How to change it? Just continue telling people about the crime and draw attention of more people. When more people are moved, they will demand change.”

“The CCP seems powerful and the current situation is hard to change. But I believe as long as you continue doing this, it will change sooner or later.”

Chinese version available

Category: Voices of Support Worldwide