HumanHarvestPosterWe are proud to present Leon Lee’s award winning documentary Human Harvest as this year’s Featured Documentary. Winner of the Peabody Award for Documentary and Canadian Screen Award Nominee, the film investigates government sanctioned organ harvesting in China linked to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Human Harvest follows two Nobel Peace Prize nominees, renowned immigration and human rights lawyer David Matas and former member of Canadian parliament David Kilgour as they investigate allegations of live organ harvesting in China. In 2006, the Kilgour & Matas Report alleged that organs were harvested from living prisoners of conscience, mostly from detained Falun Gong practitioners. Human Harvest has raised awareness of the organ harvesting trade in China and the inferred violation of human rights.

The film has received press in The Vancouver Sun, The Daily Mail, Taipei Times and other international publications. There is also a petition to the United Nations, following the release of the film, calling for further investigation into the allegations and sanctions to be brought against the Chinese government.

Human Harvest director Leon Lee will join us at the Art Center of Kobe on October 28 for the IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival 2016. Following the screening, Mr. Lee will host a Q&A session, discussing the issues raised by the film.

Visit the Festival page to purchase tickets.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this documentary are those of the filmmaker(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of IAFOR.

Posted by Shawn Mahler

Los Angeles native Shawn Mahler has a wealth of experience working on film, video, and theater productions in the United States and Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Theory and Production from the University of California, Irvine. Shawn has spent over ten years in Japan where he has worked with numerous industry professionals to develop television shows, movies, and theatrical productions.