Free Documentary Film Viewing

OCTOBER 26, 2016

Hard to Believe: A Documentary about the Killing of Prisoners of
Conscience for their Organs in China

WHAT:  “Hard to Believe,” an hour-long award-winning documentary produced by Swoop Films and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Ken Stone, examines what the filmmakers believe is the widespread Chinese government practice of executing political prisoners and the selling of their organs to “transplant tourists.”


Thursday, November 10 from 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Los Altos Library Orchard Room
13 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022

 A serious look into one of the most horrifying human rights abuses of our time, “Hard to Believe” explores allegations of the murder of prisoners of conscience in China and the sale of their organs to foreign patients. Director Stone brings the film to life through personal stories, including an author’s findings after seven years of research and a surgeon’s confession.

Investigators estimate up to 10,000 prisoners of conscience have been killed annually for the sale of their organs since 2001, a time when China’s prison population dramatically increased due to the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of citizens caught practicing the Falun Gong spiritual discipline.

Leading U.S. ethicist and Founding Director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU,
Arthur Caplan, PhD. says the film, “Hard to Believe”, is “an important, timely, and deeply disturbing account of one of the great human rights abuses of our time.” Both the United States Congress and the European Union have created resolutions condemning the practice of organ harvesting in China (US House of Foreign Affairs Committee Resolution 343 and resolutions by the EU in both 2013 and 2016.)

“Hard to Believe” is currently being broadcast on PBS stations across America and is playing in film festivals around the world.  The film has been translated into nine languages. 

The event is free and open to the public.  No reservations required.  Following the film, local activist Shuang Ji will host a Q&A session.  For more information about the film go to

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