Thursday, April 23, 2015

Peabody Award Winner Screens at the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival

Peabody Award Winner Screens at the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival
The Newport Beach Film Festival will be hosting the US West Coast premiere of Davids& Goliath (also titled Human Harvest), a new documentary that is stirring up international controversy with its unabated look at China’s illegal organ harvesting industry and which has just won a coveted Peabody Award for Documentary.
Directed by Canadian filmmaker Leon Lee, Davids & Goliath is a highly acclaimed and gripping exposé that follows Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and David Kilgour as they investigate the atrocities of illegal organ harvesting in China. Recipient of the 2015 Michael Sullivan FRONTLINE Award for Journalism in a Documentary, the film has been making huge waves across social media and achieving record broadcast ratings internationally.
The one-time screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival, on April 28th at 730pm at Edwards Big Newport, will be followed by a Q&A with director Leon Lee plus a special guest speaker, a former prisoner of conscience who will share a first-hand account of the human rights abuses currently occurring in China’s labour camps in regards to organ harvesting.
About the Film:
When reports first emerged from China in 2006 that state-run hospitals were killing prisoners of conscience to sell their organs, it seemed too horrible to believe. However, the evidence unearthed by researchers around the world now suggests that tens of thousands of innocent people, mainly prisoners of conscience and Falun Gong practitioners, have been killed on demand to supply an ongoing illegal organ transplant industry. Davids& Goliath (aka Human Harvest) is the story of how these investigators pieced together their findings and continue to fight against this industrial-scale crime against humanity. It’s a riveting tale of both personal triumphs and unimaginable horror offering a bold and brave look into a “form of evil we have yet to see on this planet”.
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