2 years ago

When:
4 August, 2016

Location:
NSW Parliament House - Theatrette - 6 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

Organised by:
Falun Dafa


"HARD TO BELIEVE" - AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE - SYDNEY
TWO EVENTS ONLY
Includes Q&A panel discussion

A documentary film by Emmy Award-Winning Director, Ken Stone,on the killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs in China. Guest speaker panel includes Ethan Gutmann and Prof Jacob Lavee from the film.


SUPPORTED BY:
The Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
The Australian Council for Human Rights Education
This is a not for profit event.


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, for the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR)

Q&A PANEL:
Ethan Gutmann - Award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator (featured in the film)

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)


REVIEWS

"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 is impeccable."
~ Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

“An important, timely and deeply disturbing account of one of the great human rights abuses of our time.”
~ Dr. Arthur Caplan, PhD, Founding Director of the Division of Medical Ethics, NYU

"This film shows us the dark face of human rights abuses, of what can come to pass when individuals are reduced, literally, to the sum of their parts. The participation of medical practitioners in the harvesting of organs breaches all ethical codes, and is impossible to reconcile with the role of physicians to heal rather than harm."
~ Wendy Rogers, Professor of Clinical Ethics, and Deputy Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics


FILM SYNOPSIS
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.

For trailer and more information visit:
hardtobelievemovie.com


AWARDS
Winner of Best Documentary, 2016 HOBOKEN Film Festival
Winner of Outstanding Achievement, Accolade Global Film Competition 2015 Humanitarian
Winner of Outstanding Achievement, 2015 Global Film Awards Humanitarian Award
Six Awards of Excellence, 2015 Accolade Global Film Competition in the categories of:
Documentary Program / Social Change / Religion / Ethics / Health / Medicine
Award of Excellence, 2015 IndieFEST Global Film Award in the categories of Liberation / Social Justice

ALSO SCREENING AT
EVENT Cinema, George St, Sydney
3rd August - 6.45pm to 9pm
TICKETS - www.hardtobelievesydney.eventbrite.com.au
Other Australian/NZ Tour events - Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Wellington, Perth

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES IN DETAIL

Ethan Gutmann (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 book The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution To It’s Dissident Problem was released in 2015. Ethan is one of three researchers who just released a ground breaking new report An Update to Research On Organ Harvesting In China. Ethan will give personal insights regarding the new report which meticulously examins 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 archive.
ethan-gutmann.com

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) For more info hardtobelievemovie.com/australia

Prof Wendy Rogers
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). Professor Rogers recently spoke at the Scottish Parliament on a panel addressing the issue of forced organ harvesting in China. For more info hardtobelievemovie.com/australia


WHEN
Thursday, 4 August 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (AEST)
WHERE
NSW Parliament House - Theatrette - 6 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia