The shocking FOX 11 report on Yifei Wang and the persecution of Falun Gong is out. Director Kay Rubacek from Swoop Films is interviewed in the report about producing 'Finding Courage,' our next film about Yifei and her family's ordeal. This story will be presented at the Republican National Committee next spring.
We wanted to share with you a behind-the-scenes photo of our crew at our latest shoot for our film "Finding Courage". We filmed the main character of the film (Yifei) at the Holocaust Memorial in San Francisco - it reminds her of her sister who was killed in a labor camp by the Chinese Communist regime, as well as many of her friends who were also killed, imprisoned, or are living as fugitives in China today to avoid arrest for standing up for their faith. The dehumanization and persecution of large groups of Chinese citizens by the regime is still going on now.
Condemnation of the Chinese Communist Party for its forced organ-harvesting of prisoners of conscience is growing internationally. Many survivors of Chinese labor camps and human rights lawyers among others provided evidence and gave testimony throughout the tribunal which lasted several days. The tribunal, led by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, a world-renowned lawyer and professor of law stated of the evidence given, “We, the tribunal members are all certain, unanimously, and sure beyond all reasonable doubt that in China, forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time, involving a very substantial number of victims.”
The 2016 report “Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update” published by David Kilgour, David Matas and Ethan Gutmann who were a part of our film Hard To Believe which sheds light on forced organ harvesting in China gave statistics pointing to genocide with between 60,000 and 100,000 organ transplants per year from Falun Gong, Uyghurs, Tibetans, and House Christians who are specifically targeted groups whose members are killed for their organs. This tribunal may be one of the most significant events to date by the international community to address and hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its crimes against humanity.
Watch Sir Geoffrey Nice’s closing remarks below:
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"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.
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
“Hard To Believe” screening being introduced by Dr. Damon Noto, at the Global Bioethics Initiative Summer School Program, New York.
Ethan Gutmann appeared on SBS TV program "The Feed" to talk about his book "The Slaughter", the latest figures released on organ harvesting this year, and the Australian premiere of "Hard To Believe."
In the lead up to the Australian theatrical premiere of Hard To Believe, SBS TV interviewed Ethan Gutmann about organ harvesting.
Hard to Believe was screened on July 20, 2016 in the Galbraith Building of the University to a packed audience. The film was presented by Choose Humanity.
The Global Bioethics Initiative, a non-profit organization with consultative status to the United Nations in New York, held its annual Summer School Program this July. "Hard To Believe" was screened as part of a session on the ethics of organ transplantation, following a presentation by Dr. Damon Noto, Spokesperson for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting.
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.
Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, and the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats
2:00 pm, June 23, 2016 in Room 2200, Rayburn House Office Building: “Organ Harvesting: An Examination of a Brutal Practice”
On Tuesday June 7, Hard To Believe was screened at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, on the occasion of the "Zhen Shan Ren Art Exhibition" opening. The event was covered by Jerusalem Times.
“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.
On May 19-22, 2016, Hard To Believe attended the 12th Annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC) in Washington, D.C., to help raise awareness of Chinese Community Party's killing of prisoners of conscience, mainly Falun Gong practitioners, for the sale of their organs.