Tales From The Organ Trade

82 and 56 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: HBO Documentary Films, Shaw Media and Canal D • Production year: 2013

TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE is a gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the street-level brokers, the rogue surgeons, the impoverished men and women who are willing to sacrifice a slice of their own bodies for a quick payday, and the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives.

Every year thousands of organs are bought and sold on a black market that flourishes in dozens of countries where the rule of law is a hostage to the dollar sign.

TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE tells the story of the impoverished sellers of illegal organs and their often-conflicted first-world buyers. With unprecedented access to all the players, the film explores the legal, moral and ethical issues involved in this complex life and death drama.

This is not a black and white story of exploitation, but rather, a nuanced and complex story that compels you to explore your own moral and ethical beliefs. This is a world where the villains often save lives and the medical establishment, helpless, too often watches people die. Where the victims often walk away content and the buyers of organs - the recipients - return home with a new lease on life.

From Manila to Istanbul, from Colorado to Kosovo, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, the film brings to the screen a compelling cast whom fate has brought together where the gift of life meets the shadow of death.

Written and Directed by: Ric Esther Bienstock
Producers: Ric Esther Bienstock, Felix Golubev and Simcha Jacobovici

Award Highlights

Winner, Edward R. Murrow Award, Overseas Press Club of America
Winner, Donald Brittain Award, Best Social/Political Documentary Program, Canadian Screen Awards
Winner, Barbara Sears Awards, Best Editorial Research, Canadian Screen Awards
Winner, Canadian Screen Award, Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series
Winner, Canadian Screen Award, Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Factual Series
Winner, Jack R. Howard Award for Television/Cable In-Depth National and International Coverage, Scripps Howard
Winner, Norman Bethune Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting - Print, Broadcast, Canadian Medical Association Media Awards for Health Reporting
Winner, Canadian Association of Journalists Award, Open Broadcast Feature, CJA Awards
Winner, Amnesty International Award, International Human Rights Film Festival San Sebastian
Winner, Media Award, Amnesty International Canada Media Awards
Winner, Global Awareness Award, WorldMediaFest
Winner, Intermedia-globe Gold, WorldMediaFestival
Winner, Gold World Medal, Social Issues, New York Festivals
Winner, Gold World Medal, Best Direction, New York Festivals
Winner, Golden Sheaf Award, Documentary: Social/Political, Yorkton Film Festival
Winner, Silver Hugo, Documentary: Social/Political, Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards
Winner, SIlver Screen Award, Documentary Programs: Social Issues, US International Film & Video Festival
Winner, Golden Palm, Mexico International Film Festival
Winner, Special Jury Award, Nevada International Film Festival 2013
Winner, Best Sign of the Times, Documentary Edge New Zealand 2013
Winner, Best Direction, DocUtah Southern Utah International Film Festival 2013
Winner, Best Film, DocUtah Southern Utah International Film Festival 2013
Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Tenerife International Film Festival 2013

Film Festivals

Official Selection Hot Docs 2013
Official Selection Documentary Edge New Zealand 2013
Official Selection MIFF 2013
Official Selection SouthSide Film Festival 2013
Official Selection San Antonio Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Indianapolis International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2013
Official Selection White Sands International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection DocUtah Southern Utah International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Fantastic Fest 2013
Official Selection Film North Huntsville International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Calgary International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Zurich Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Raindance Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Kansas International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Tenerife International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Orlando Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Mumbai Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Margaret Mead Film Festival 2013
Official Selection St. John's International Women's Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Bergen International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Iowa Independent Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Indie Memphis Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Virginia Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Ojai Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Stockholm Film Festival 2013
Official Selection St. Louis International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Raindance Berlin Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Bahamas International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Nevada International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Anchorage International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Domestic Arrivals - Festival of Canadian Film 2014
Official Selection Beloit International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Docudays UA International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival 2014
Official Selection New Haven International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Women's International Film & Arts Festival 2014
Official Selection Belgrade Documentary & Short Film Festival 2014
Official Selection San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Pärnu International Documentary & Anthropology Film Festival 2014
Official Selection International Human Rights Film Festival Albania 2014
Official Selection Document International Human Rights Documentary Festival 2014
Official Selection Leicester Docfilm Festival 2014
Official Selection Freedom Filmfest 2014
Official Selection One World Film Festival Slovakia 2014
Official Selection International Festival of News Reporting (FIGRA) 2015

For more information please visit: http://www.talesfromtheorgantrade.com




Attention educators and institutions: there is a 56 minute version of the film available for non-theatrical educational use. Please email general@apltd.ca for more information and for public screenings and educational use.

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