Friday, June 17, 2016

Documentary Human Harvest (活摘,大衛戰紅魔) at CMU, June 22.

The 2014 documentary Human Harvest (活摘,大衛戰紅魔) will play at Carnegie Mellon University on June 22. The documentary received a Peabody Award in 2014, and is summarized by the awards site:
Like a mystery novel with a devastating denouement, Leon Lee’s documentary starts with numbers that don’t add up and divines an unthinkable explanation. China had no organ-donation system until 2010, yet it’s now the one place in the world where a person can get a heart and lung transplant in less than a week. People flock there by the thousands, checkbooks in hand, to get new kidneys, lungs and livers. China insists executed prisoners are the source, but David Matas, David Kilgour and other human rights activists tell Lee that the country would have to be executing more than 10 times the number it officially reports to generate such a huge supply of compatible organs. Lee found sources inside China who say that the answer is that the harvesting of organs is the execution and that the victims are mostly prisoners of conscience, practitioners of Falun Gong, a persecuted spiritual movement whose goals include better health. Lee bolsters his case not only with interviews with doctors and nurses who describe taking organs from prisoners still alive but with simple telephone inquiries to Chinese hospitals where arranging a transplant seems only slightly more complicated than ordering takeout.
It will play from 7:30 pm at the Rangos Ballroom in the Jared L. Cohon University Center (campus map).