Hard to Believe Well Received in Utah

Salt Lake Community College featured "Hard To Believe" in their "Movies That Matter" event series this week followed by a panel discussion after the screening with Dr. Weldon Gilcrease, representative of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting; Winston Liu, a former prisoner of conscience in China; and Kay Rubacek, Swoop Films producer.

Seats were scarce with around 150 students, faculty, community members, and local medical professionals attending. Majority of viewers weren't aware of the issue before watching the film and wanted to learn more and take action after watching.

One of the film's producers, Kay Rubacek, spoke earlier at the college to film students about the process of making "Hard To Believe" and the challenges and rewards of making documentaries that expose serious human rights abuse.  

The screening

The screening

Panel Participants: Kay Rubacek, Winston Liu, and Dr. Weldon Gilcrease, speaking

Panel Participants: Kay Rubacek, Winston Liu, and Dr. Weldon Gilcrease, speaking

Right this way.....

Right this way.....

School Library Journal: "A Convincing and Compelling Case"

REVIEW: School Library Journal Oct 2017

Hard To Believe. 56min, AVcafe. 2015. $20
ISBN 9780692522844
Gr 9 Up

This horrifying expose of China’s practice of organs from prisoners of conscience, a practice denied by the Chinese government, is based on reporting by author Ethan Gutmann (The Slaughter). It is corroborated by global experts in human rights, medical ethics, and transplant surgery, making a convincing and compelling case.

While it occasionally mentions that this practice affects all types of prisoners of conscience, the focus is almost exclusively on members of Falun Gong, a banned spiritual practice. The transplant rate drastically increased after China’s 1999 crackdown on its practitioners, and their healthy lifestyles made them ideal donors. The film makes a credible case linking Falun Gong’s relatively low profile in the West with the lack of attention given to organ harvesting, despite the number of westerners participating in transplant tourism and thus receiving  these organs. A screening and discussion guide is also available.

VERDICT A damning indictment of the cruelty behind China’s transplant system and how the rest of the world continues to ignore it.

A general purchase for public libraries and useful for lessons on medical ethics or religious freedom.

- Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington Public Library, VA

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.