This April the feature documentary “Human Harvest: Inside China’s Illegal Organ Trade” aired on Australia’s SBS Dateline, a well-respected primetime news program. The film, directed and produced by Leon Lee and released in late 2014, is a powerful examination of the organ harvesting industry in China and has won awards of distinction, including the prestigious Peabody Award, Top Prize in the Viewster Film Festival, the Michael Sullivan DATELINE award for journalism in a documentary, and several others.
The film highlights some of the incredible work done by Nobel Peace Prize nominee investigators David Matas and David Kilgour, Ethan Guttman, Torsten Trey, DAFOH and the many people involved in trying to end illegal organ transplantation practices in China.
Peabody Awards judges commented on the film: “With powerful testimonials about the intricacies of the trade and the human cost, including interviews with Chinese doctors who confide they’ve been coerced into removing organs from live political prisoners, this is a harrowing exposé of a fiendish system of forced organ donor transplants.”
The documentary gives evidence, including testimonies from nurses and
surgeons who have come forward to explain that prisoners, including prisoners of conscience and political prisoners, are subject to forced organ harvesting for huge profits in China.
When Dateline of SBS Australia broadcast the film on April 7, 2015 the group urged the government to do something to help stop the illegal organ trade in China. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that investigators like David Matas and his colleagues are “pushing for the perpetrators to stand before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.”
Human Harvest will continue to be broadcast around the world in 2015 and is now available on VOD in certain territories outside North America.