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Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Screening of "Hard to Believe" at University of Miami, USA

Screening of the award-winning film "Hard to Believe" with discussion by Producer Mrs. Kay Rubacek.

Thursday, November 1, at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Whitten Learning Center, Room 160
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Speaker:
Producer of the documentary "Hard To Believe" Ms. Kay Rubacek

Open to all members of the University of Miami and the public - FREE ADMISSION 

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Jan
25
4:00 PM16:00

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.

 

 

Enver Tohti is an ethnic Uighur from far western China who fled to London after a traumatic experience while working as a surgeon in the 1990s.

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Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

The award-winning documentary Hard To Believe is screening at the Christchurch Art Gallery on Monday, October 17.

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Time & Date

Date: Monday 17 October 2016
Venue: Christchurch Art Gallery, 58 Gloucester Street , Christchurch
Time: 6.00pm, followed by Q&A panel discussion
Tickets: Free

Reserve Seats:

Ph: 021 205 3743      Email: jrzb2007@gmail.com

Guest speakers on panel:

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

Angela Ballentyne - President of the International Association of Bioethics and the ethics member of the New Zealand Central Ethics Committee

Kerry Gore - Human rights lawyer

Jaya M Gibson - Investigative Journalist & Communications Consultant who has advised NGO’s, government and private organisations in Europe, the USA, Asia & New Zealand for the last 16 years

For detailed speaker biographies please scroll down.

Co-presented by:

International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China (Endorganpillaging.org)


Speaker biographies in detail

  • Ethan Gutmann (via video call, featured in the film)
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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 Angela Ballentyne
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Dr Angela Ballantyne is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the University of Otago. She teaches medical ethics in the 4th and 5th year ALM program at Wellington School of Medicine. Her research interests include exploitation, research ethics, vulnerability, ethics of pregnancy and reproductive technologies, and secondary use research with clinical data. 

She is President of the International Association of Bioethics and the ethics member of the New Zealand Central Ethics Committee. In 2016 she received a New Zealand Marsden Fast Start grant and a UOW Award for Best Emerging Researcher. 

Angela has worked in a wide range of international settings, including Australia, England, Europe and the United States, in schools of medicine, primary health care and philosophy. She received her PhD in Bioethics from Monash University (Australia), and spent a year of her doctorate program undertaking research at Imperial College London. 

Her interest in global health policy lead to a position as Technical Officer for Genetics and Ethics for the Human Genetics unit at WHO in Geneva in 2005, where she worked on projects concerning the ethical, legal and social issues associated with medical genetics.

  • Kerry Gore
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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.

  • Jaya M Gibson
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Jaya M Gibson is an investigative Journalist & Communications Consultant. He has advised NGO’s, government and private organisations in Europe, the USA, Asia & New Zealand for the last 16 years. He currently runs his own consulting practice in Christchurch where he also serves on the boards of several trusts.

He helped start an international newspaper in 2004 and ended up in Manhattan as Global Marketing Director until 2011 when he made New Zealand his home base.

Jaya has conducted sensitive political lobbying globally and within the UN on China human rights issues since 2005. In 2006 he was detained in Singapore for his investigation into the corruption of the domestic courts by the Chinese Communist Party. During the course of this work, he has met with world leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Rebiya Kadeer and has presented on his investigative research into organ harvesting in the UK, Sweden, USA, India, Australia and New Zealand.

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Ph: 021 205 3743      Email: jrzb2007@gmail.com


Film Synopsis

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IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE: Governments killing their own citizens for their political or spiritual beliefs. But it’s never happened like this.

It’s happened so often that the world doesn’t always pay attention. But is economic influence the reason, that this time, it’s going largely unreported? It’s hard to believe that doctors would carve up innocent people so their organs could be sold. It’s even harder to believe that major media are not investigating. Yet it happened tens of thousands of times, and may be happening still.

Hard to Believe is a documentary that examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response—or lack of it—around the world. Produced by Swoop Films, two-time Emmy Award-winning director/producer, Ken Stone, and Irene Silber. 


Reviews

“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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Aug
3
6:45 PM18:45

Australian Premiere, Sydney

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Hard To Believe will have the Australian Premiere in Sydney on August 3rd, 2016, from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM (AEST), including a Q&A panel discussion. 

Guest speakers: 

MC / Q&A Panel Chair - Leigh Dayton
Leigh Dayton is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, specialising in the impact of developments in science, technology, environment and medicine on news and current events. For over 25 years, she has worked as a newspaper and magazine reporter and columnist, as well as a radio and television producer and on-air personality.

Opening addresses by: 
Dr Sev Ozdowski AM, President of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education, Chair of The Australian Multicultural Council, Director of Equity and Diversity at the UWS, and former Human Rights Commissioner (2000 - 2005)
Nathan Kennedy, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR)

 

Guest speakers on the panel: 

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

Prof. Jacob Lavee (via video call) - President of the Israel Transplantation Society, Director of the Heart Transplantation Unit and Deputy Director of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Leviev Heart Center of the Sheba Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at the Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Israel (featured in the film - 3rd Aug only) 

Prof. Maria Fiatarone Singh - Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Medical Advisory Board Member of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting

Prof. Wendy Rogers - Professor of Clinical Ethics, Deputy Director of the Macquarie University Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics

For detailed speaker biographies please scroll down.

Venue address:

Event Cinemas, George Street - 525 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia (map)

Supported by: 

  • The Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
  • The Australian Council for Human Rights Education

Co-presented by:

 

Speaker biographies in detail

Ethan Gutmann (featured in the film)

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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.  

Ethan is one of three researchers who just released a ground breaking report An Update to Research On Organ Harvesting in China. Ethan will give personal insights regarding this new report, which meticulously examines the transplant programs of hundreds of hospitals in China, drawing on media reports, official propaganda, medical journals, hospital websites and a vast amount of deleted websites found in archives, ethan-gutmann.com. 

Prof Jacob Lavee (featured in the film - via video call - 3rd Aug only)

Prof. Jacob (Jay) Lavee is the Director of the Heart Transplantation Unit and Deputy Director of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Leviev Heart Center of the Sheba Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at the Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Israel. He received his M.D. cum laude degree from the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Medicine and was subsequently trained in cardiothoracic surgery at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, and in heart and lung transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the USA. In 1991 he founded the Heart Transplantation Unit at the Sheba Medical Center which since has since become the largest of its kind in Israel, with over 250 heart transplantations performed to date. Since 1997 he has also developed an active ventricular assist device program and in 2001 implanted the first-in-man HeartMate II Left ventricular assist device.

He is the current President of the Israel Transplantation Society and past Chairman of the Israel Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He currently also serves as Chairman of the Heart and Lung Transplantation committee of Israel’s National Transplant Center, as member of the Israeli National Council of Heart and Vascular Diseases, as member of the Board of Councilors of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, as member of the Ethics Committee of The Transplantation Society and as a member of the international advisory board of the Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) NGO.

Prof. Lavee spearheaded the preparations of the new Israeli Organ Transplant Law and has published numerous research articles in the medical literature and co-authored an extensive textbook on the management of bleeding problems in patients undergoing open-heart operations.  

Prof Maria Fiatarone Singh

Professor Fiatarone Singh is a geriatrician whose research, clinical, and teaching career has focused on the integration of medicine, exercise physiology, and nutrition as a means to improve health status and quality of life across the lifespan. She has held the inaugural John Sutton Chair of Exercise and Sport Science in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Professorship, Sydney Medical School, at the University of Sydney since 1999, and has been awarded many grants from the government and other funding bodies to conduct research into exercise and aging. She is the founding director of the Fit for Your Life Foundation, an international non-profit organization,  and co-founded the STRONG Clinic at Balmain Hospital.  She has published extensively in the area of health implications of exercise and nutrition and is actively involved as a Medical Advisory Board member of the international group DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting).

Prof Wendy Rogers

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Wendy Rogers is a Professor of Clinical Ethics and Deputy Director, Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics. She has a long-standing interest in the ethics of organ donation and transplantation. While a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee (2003-2006), she served as deputy chair of the working party responsible for developing the National Ethical Guidelines on Organ and Tissue Donation. She also served on working parties developing national guidance on donation after circulatory death. Her current research interests include organ donation, research ethics, ethics of surgical practice, and over diagnosis. Wendy's work is widely published in international journals and she is the co-editor of a recent collection on Vulnerability (published by Oxford University Press).   

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Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Glasgow City, UK

On June 15, 2016, members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) will watch Hard To Believe in Glasgow. 

According to Daily Record, "the event was organised by SNP MSP Bob Doris, who said: 'There is a growing number of parliamentarians across the globe seeking to put pressure on China to halt this abhorrent practice and we must play our part here in Scotland.'"

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Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia

Hard To Believe will be screened at Victoria University -- City Flinders Campus in Melbourne, Australia (map). 

(Image: Screenshot of the event facebook page)

(Image: Screenshot of the event facebook page)

Following will be a panel discussion featuring Ethan Gutmann, an award winning China analyst and human rights investigator and journalist, (via video conference). 

Light refreshments will be provided.

More event information can be found on Eventbrite website.

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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Clemson University, USA

Hard To Believe will be screened at Clemson University (Cooper Library room 309) on Nov. 16, with a Q&A session after the screening. 

(Image: Clemson University)

(Image: Clemson University)

The screening organizer said for this event, "The recent events in Paris remind us that no one is geographically insulated from attacks from those preferring darkness. They are among us everywhere and even within aspects of each of our selves. We defeat them by shining light on them and not resorting to the fearful reactions that feed them. " 

“The recent events in Paris remind us that no one is geographically insulated from attacks from those preferring darkness. 
They are among us everywhere and even within aspects of each of our selves. 
We defeat them by shining light on them and not resorting to the fearful reactions that feed them.”

— Hard To Believe screening organizer

For more information about this event, please visit the school website

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