Packed Premiere Screening at Taipei City Hall, Taiwan

"Hard To Believe" premiered this month at the Taipei City Council Hall, with a full house event, including a very lively panel discussion after the film screening. Some attendees said:

"Hard To Believe"

"Hard To Believe"

"The fact that is “Hard to Believe” is that we'd never thought there will be such a cruel thing. I think such a genuine and stunning film should be seen by more people.”  

 Kevin H.J. Lee, Taiwan well-known documentary director

"This has gone far beyond the human rights issue, which is already a problem of humanity.”

Rep. Huang Kuo-chang, Taiwan legislator

"The film incontestably exposed the CCP's persecution of prisoners of conscience which should be publicized and should be prosecuted."

Rep. Chang Liao Wan-jian, Taiwan legislator

Over 400 people attended the screening

Over 400 people attended the screening

Taiwanese media coverage

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Bristol Against Forced Organ Harvesting

There will be a screening of the film in Bristol, England on Wednesday, the 25th of January, 2017 from 16:00 till 18:00. It is hosted by Bristol Against Forced Organ Harvesting and it will be held at: 

The Conference Room, City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR, UK

Get in touch: BristolAFOH@zsr.org.uk                                                                                                     

 

Speakers will be:

Ethan Gutmann, an award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator, is the author of Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal. He has written widely on China issues for publications such as the Wall Street Journal Asia, Investor's Business Daily, Weekly Standard, National Review, and World Affairs journal, and he has provided testimony and briefings to the United States Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, the European Parliament, the International Society for Human Rights in Geneva, the United Nations, and the parliaments of Ottawa, Canberra, Dublin, Edinburgh, and London. A former foreign-policy analyst at the Brookings Institution, Gutmann has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC, and CNBC.

Benedict Rogers is the East Asia Team Leader at the human rights organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). He also serves as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, and recently organized their inquiry on China and authored their new report: The Darkest Moment: The Crackdown on Human Rights in China 2013-2016, launched in July.

 

Good News: Australian Government Passes Motion Against Organ Transplant Abuse in Foreign Countries

 

The following motion to stop the organ harvesting raised by Greens Senator Janet Rice and co-sponsored by Liberal Senator Eric Abetz was passed in the Senate this afternoon. Senator Janet Rice also spoke about forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China later at 5.15pm this afternoon as part of the debate on legislation that is being considered tomorrow, on establishing a board for the organ and tissue authority.

The Senate agreed:

a. deeply concerning reports of unethical organ procurement procedures in foreign countries, including forced organ procurement from executed prisoners and prisoners of conscience in state-led processes;

b. that a number of countries including Israel, Spain and Taiwan have banned organ tourism, and the United States and the European Union have passed strong resolutions against it;

c. that limited data is available on Australians receiving organ transplants overseas.

2. Invites the Australian Government to consider:

a. making it an offense to travel overseas to receive an organ acquired from a non-consensual donor;

b. establishing a register of Australians traveling overseas to receive organ transplants, including details on the country in which they receive them.
— Senator Janet Rice

"As a Nurse This Horrifies Me, As a Human This Shames Me."

Thousands of public health care professionals and students descended upon the Denver Convention Center in Colorado for the 2016 annual national conference of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Hard To Believe was selected to screen at the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival at the conference as a featured session in the program on Monday October 31. 

hard to believe APHA

Following the screening was a lively Q&A discussion with Dr. Dana Churchill of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), Winston Liu, a chemical engineer in Wyoming who was tortured and blood tested in prison in China for his belief, and Kay Rubacek, one of the producers of Hard To Believe.

Many attendees signed petition postcards addressed to the U.S. State Department asking them to help stop the crime of forced organ harvesting in China. Some comments on the postcards read:

As a nurse this horrifies me, as a human this shames me.
— Attendee at the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival
Thank you for opening my eyes!
— Attendee at the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival
Stop the madness
— Attendee at the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival
Very important!!!
— Attendee at the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival
Stop this injustice
— Attendee at the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival
Please stop organ harvesting. It is TRAUMATIC!!!
— Attendee at the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival

About the Film Festival: The APHA Global Public Health Film Festival is organized by members of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section's Health Communications Working Group and the International Health Section.

Review by A Midlife Wife: "A Must-See Documentary"

Excerpts from a review of "Hard To Belive" by A Midlife Wife with Chris Carroll

"I have never been an activist but I certainly have ethical beliefs and feel strongly about my beliefs. I have also never brought those beliefs to a public forum such as my website, however when I find myself shocked and appalled about a practice that continues today, I feel compelled to share."

"This is an eye opening movie that everyone needs to watch. Educators and the medical community needs to watch and share. People need to have conversations about how to stop this and intercede for those affected."

"A quote comes to mind when thinking about this movie. – “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”. Sad situation."

Read the full review.

New York Times on Organ Harvesting

Some people might say that something really isn’t news until it’s written in the New York Times… Whether that’s true or not, it’s still rather significant that the New York Times recently published three articles about organ harvesting in China. 

Most significantly, the articles paid attention to the evidence that prisoners of conscience, mostly practitioners of Falun Gong, are the main target of the abuse. This fact has been the most underreported of media attention and the medical community, who is yet to differentiate between organ transplants from executed criminal prisoners and prisoners of conscience.

The reports by Beijing correspondent, Didi Kirsten Tatlow, centered around controversy at the recent World Transplant Congress in Hong Kong, on August 18-22, 2016. 

Read the full articles from these links: 

Debate Flares on China’s Use of Prisoners’ Organs as Experts Meet in Hong Kong

Chinese Claim That World Accepts Its Organ Transplant System Is Rebutted

Angry Claims and Furious Denials Over Organ Transplants in China