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BioEdge: New Documentary on Organ Harvesting

BioEdge: New Documentary on Organ Harvesting

A new American documentary claims to provide damning evidence of the Chinese government's involvement in the force harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience. Hard to Believe, a documentary produced by director Ken Stone, contains extensive interviews with medical experts, political analysts, government officials and civilians who attest to the alleged persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China (subsequent to the banning of the movement in 1999).

BioEdge: New Documentary on Organ Harvesting

A new American documentary claims to provide damning evidence of the Chinese government's involvement in the force harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience. Hard to Believe, a documentary produced by director Ken Stone, contains extensive interviews with medical experts, political analysts, government officials and civilians who attest to the alleged persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China (subsequent to the banning of the movement in 1999).

Good Crowd to Chinese Organ Harvesting Documentary

Organizers were pleased with the interest in a screening of a documentary on the persecution of Falun Gong screened in Swan Hill at the weekend.

A crowd of about 40 people attended the screening of Hard To Believe last Sunday and organizer Lisa Zhang was happy with the turnout and community response with the film.

News Report: Stars Come to Middletown for Hoboken International Film Festival Opening

Hard To Believe representatives attended Hoboken International Film Festival Opening on June 3, 2016. The event is covered by Epoch Times Orange County. Below is part of the report:

"Those who created and starred in the works presented took to the red carpet to promote their films, TV pilots and documentaries. Kay Rubacek, Yulia Tullar, and Paulio Shakespeare spoke about their documentary, 'Hard to Believe.'

News Report: Local Documentary ‘Hard to Believe’ to Show at HIFF in Middletown

“I had stumbled on a gruesome murder mystery.”

— Ken Stone, Director, Hard to Believe

“This is the most destructive thing you can do to a society, to take their most trusted members…and turn them into these monsters.”

— Ethan Gutmann, Investigative Journalist

 

"'Hard to Believe' is coming to the Hoboken Film Festival on June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre where government forces killed hundreds of peaceful democracy protesters in its main square.

The film follows the trail of Gutmann’s investigation as he begins to unravel the crime that no one wants to admit is happening.

In the documentary 'Hard to Believe,' Investigative reporter Ethan Gutmann recalls the first time he sat down with Falun Gong practitioners who escaped from labor camps and prisons in China.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice with several meditative exercises. First introduced to the public in China in 1992, it began to be persecuted in China in 1999 because of its widespread popularity and belief in the divine, something China’s Communist Party has tried hard to stamp out.

The Falun Gong practitioners he spoke to told him about their torture while imprisoned. Hidden within their horrific accounts was the phrase 'physical exam.' Wait a minute, Gutmann thought to himself. Physical exams? Why? And why only on Falun Gong adherents?

The Falun Gong practitioners he spoke to did not understand his interest in the exams. 'I’ve been tortured in the most horrible ways,' they told him, as if to say this was the least relevant part of their story."

Read the full report online by Epoch Times Orange County.  

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Review of "Hard To Believe"

A review of Hard To Believe has been published in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, "an international, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for different disciplinary perspectives on ethical, cultural and social issues in medicine, healthcare, life sciences and biotechnology".

Documentary Some Find ‘Hard To Believe’ Comes to Houston

Swoop Film producer, Kay Rubacek, was interviewed by the Epoch Times about attending the annual meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities to present Hard To Believe and how the information presented in the film was received by the attendees. 

Questioning Media's Responsibility on Investigating Serious Crimes Like Organ Harvesting

Questioning Media's Responsibility on Investigating Serious Crimes Like Organ Harvesting

U.S.-based advocacy and on-profit organization Friends Of Falun Gong (FoFG) interviewed Swoop Films' producer Kay Rubacek about Hard To Believe and how the media and political sensitives surrounding organ harvesting in China were handled in the film. 

ABC Radio National Religion & Ethics Report: Hard To Believe

Radio National lately interviewed Professor Katrina Bramstedt of Bond University, a transplant ethicist and participant in Hard To Believe. The transcript of her interview is presented here and the full recording can be found on Radio National website.

The Daily Mail Leads to Viral Coverage of Hard To Believe

The Daily Mail Leads to Viral Coverage of Hard To Believe

Hard To Believe had its U.S. digital release launched between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5, 2015. During the time U.S. audience was able to purchase online access to watching the film on Vimeo for a week. After the Daily Beast and then the Daily Mail ran the story a flood of others picked up on it, making "organ harvesting" go viral online over a number of days.