HOMENews&Data > Resources > Human Rights Films/Video
Human Harvest (2014)
Directed by Leon Lee
Investigative work by Canadian Nobel Peace Prize nominees
David Matas and David Kilgour
This engaging and award-winning documentary unearths a tale of horror stemming from accusations in China of their huge human organ-selling industry. The film begins with analysis of the numbers of organs being harvest and sold in China, which had only officially been a part of the organ trade since 2010. David Matas, a renowned immigration and human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, a Canadian politician, have spent much of their career in the last decade devoted to solving this ‘gap’ in China’s organ trade.
The number of registered organ donors in China between 2010 and 2013 was close to 1,500, so the main portion of organs came from prisoners on death row. However, the filmmakers gathered much evidence to discover a horrifying truth. By explaining evidence found in calls to hospitals and clinics throughout China, interviews with patients who received the organs, and the incredibly fast wait-time for transplants to occur in China versus other industrialized countries, Kilgour and Matas come to the realization that many of the organs are actually being harvested from the Falun Gong community, a spiritual minority in China that has suffered intense discrimination and persecution for years. Thousands of Falun Gong members who have been imprisoned falsely often face situations of slavery, abuse, torture, and death due to their beliefs.
Occurring mainly in military hospitals with support from the Chinese Communist Party and the prison system, the filmmakers estimate that over 65,000 Falun Gong have been murdered for their organs. The increasing rate of organ transplants from China coincide with the ever-growing rate in which Falun Gong have been imprisoned.
With emotionally heavy and devastating interviews from doctors who performed operations on Falun Gong men and women, as well as the haunting testimonies of victims and organ-recipients alike, Human Harvest delivers an in-depth investigative story of a crime so atrocious and narrowed on one people group that it has even been considered a hidden ‘genocide.’