“Hard to Believe,” But All Too Real: Documentary Exposing Crime of Executing Political Prisoners for Organ Trade Featured at the 2016 Orlando Film Festival
Orlando, FL 10/05/2016) – “Hard to Believe,” an award-winning documentary produced by US film company Swoop Films and directed by Emmy Award-winning director, Ken Stone, will screen at the Orlando Film Festival on Thursday October 20, 2016 at 6pm at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Café/155 S Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. The hour-long film exposes the widespread Chinese government practice of executing political prisoners and selling their organs to “transplant tourists”, including US citizens.
“Hard to Believe” was selected out of hundreds of film submissions to the Orlando Film festival, which is now in its 11th year. Since it’s release in 2015, “Hard To Believe” has won 13 film awards, broadcast over 50 times on PBS stations, is being translated into 12 languages and used in college classrooms across America.
“Being able to see this film at a local film festival is fantastic,” says John Cen, an Orlando resident who quit his job as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company in China to escape persecution and find freedom in America. In 2000, he was jailed and forced to make Christmas lights in slave labor conditions for 30 days because he practiced Falun Gong.
“Harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners might sound hard to believe for many Americans, but because of what I have experienced, it is no surprise to me whatsoever,” says Mr. Cen.
Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that was banned by the Chinese regime because of its popularity and its practitioners became the target for imprisonment and killing for the sale of their organs. Investigators estimate that up to 100,000 have been killed annually for the sale of their organs after 2001.
“Americans need to know what’s going on in China,” says Fort Lauderdale teacher, Victoria Wu, who was jailed and tortured in China for passing out literature that exposed human rights abuse in China. She escaped to America in 2006.
“Many Chinese doctors were trained in the U.S. to do organ transplantation—quite a few of my Chinese friends came to the University of Florida as visiting scholars—but American doctors may know nothing about the crime,” said Ms. Wu. “Films and festivals like this give everyone a chance to learn about it.”
Oviedo resident retired physician Dr. Van Nguyen, who is also a member of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, will attend the film screening and a Q&A session afterward.