Film Synopsis

IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE: Governments killing their own citizens for their political or spiritual beliefs. But it’s never happened like this.

It’s happened so often that the world doesn’t always pay attention. But is economic influence the reason, that this time, it’s going largely unreported? It’s hard to believe that doctors would carve up innocent people so their organs could be sold. It’s even harder to believe that major media are not investigating. Yet it happened tens of thousands of times, and may be happening still.

Hard to Believe is a documentary that examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response—or lack of it—around the world. Produced by Swoop Films, two-time Emmy Award-winning director/producer, Ken Stone, and Irene Silber. 


“The first sustained examination into why the world is so willing to turn a blind eye to 'one of the most catastrophic human rights violations in our time'.”
~ Daily Mail

“An important, timely and deeply disturbing account of one of the great human rights abuses of our time.”
~ Dr. Arthur Caplan, PhD, Founding Director of the Division of Medical Ethics, NYU

“Why the world has failed to act in the face of overwhelming evidence.”
~ The Daily Beast

“Exposes the widespread Chinese government practice of executing political prisoners and selling their organs to ‘transplant tourists’.”
~ Broadway World

“The first ever full insight into this trade and how the majority of the entire planet is turning a blind eye.”
~ The LAD Bible

“Delves into the truth – or untruth – concerning live organ harvesting in China.”
~ Kicker Daily News

“A scandal that sullies the image of organ transplantation – I strongly recommend viewing the shocking truth of how one country has transcended from giving the gift of life to the willful taking”
~ Adnan Sharif, Consultant Nephrologist, Renal Medicine,
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

"An important film that hopefully will shock the world and cause deep reflection.”
~ Professor Katrina A. Bramstedt, PhD, Ethicist, Bond University, Australia

“HARD TO BELIEVE dives into a topic that is utterly disturbing for the medical profession and society in the 21st century. The true horror of this crime is summed up in the few words of Chinese surgeon, Dr. E. Tohti: “Remember… nothing happened today.”
~ Torsten Trey, M.D., PhD, Executive Director, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH)


Winner of Outstanding Achievement, Accolade Global Film Competition 2015 Humanitarian
Winner of Outstanding Achievement, 2015 Global Film Awards Humanitarian Award
Six Awards of Excellence, 2015 Accolade Global Film Competition in the categories of:
Documentary Program / Social Change / Religion / Ethics / Health / Medicine
Award of Excellence, 2015 IndieFEST Global Film Award in the categories of
Liberation / Social Justice

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