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Academy Cinema, Auckland, New Zealand

The award-winning documentary Hard To Believe is screening at the Academy Cinema on Wednesday, September 28.


Time & Date

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Venue: Academy Cinema 44 Lorne St, CBD Auckland
Time: Screening 6.30pm, Q&A panel 7.30pm
Tickets: $10


Ph: 09 373 2761 

Hosted by:

Barry Wilson - President of the Auckland Council for Civil Liberties

Guest speakers on panel:

Ethan Gutmann (featured in the film) - Award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator 

Dr Cathy Casey - Auckland Councillor for the Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward.

Kerry Gore - Human rights lawyer

For detailed speaker biographies please scroll down.

Co-presented by:

International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China (

Speaker biographies in detail

  • Ethan Gutmann (via video call, featured in the film)

Ethan Gutmann, an award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator, is the author of the award winning book 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. His most recent book is The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution To It’s Dissident Problem.  

  • Dr Cathy Casey

Dr Cathy Casey is Elected Councillor for the Albert Eden Roskill Ward at Auckland Council. She has held that position since 2010. Prior to that she was elected to the Auckland City Council in 2004. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen. Upon completion of her PhD she was Postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Police Studies at the University of Strathclyde. She has a strong interest in human rights. As Community Development and Safety Committee chair she supports diverse groups like refugees and migrants and is very familiar with the issues confronting asylum seekers as they seek to integrate into New Zealand society. As a member of Auckland Council, she is also interested in how Auckland can engage with its sister city in China, Guangzhou, concerning human rights related issues.

  • Kerry Gore

Kerry Gore is a Human Rights Lawyer. He has assisted asylum seekers in New Zealand with refugee and protected person status claims at first instance and at appellate level. He also helps asylum seekers overseas with refugee applications made to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.

He has extensive experience (i.e. 16 years) with asylum seekers from Mainland China., especially Falun Gong practitioners and House Church Christians from that country. He has also assisted pro-democracy advocates, petitioners and civil society activists from China.

“The first sustained examination into why the world is so willing to turn a blind eye to 'one of the most catastrophic human rights violations in our time'.”
— Daily Mail
“This documentary is extremely important for those involved in organ donation and transplantation, human rights, healthcare, ethics, and the law...The credentials of the interviewed experts are impeccable.”
— Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

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