Human Harvest (film)

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Human Harvest
Poster of Human Harvest
Directed byLeon Lee
Written byLeon Lee
Music byDaryl Bennett
Eli Bennett
Flying Cloud Productions Inc.
Release date
  • December 8, 2014 (2014-12-08)[1]
Running time
52 minutes

Human Harvest (Chinese: 活摘) is a 2014 documentary film, directed by Vancouver filmmaker Leon Lee, which follows the investigative work by Canadian Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and David Kilgour on whether and how state-run hospitals in China harvested and sold organs, by killing tens of thousands of prisoners of conscience, who are mainly Falun Gong practitioners.[2]


The film is supported by the Canada Media Fund’s Diverse Languages Program, which supports productions on Canadian diversity. The program funds projects in languages other than English, French, or Canadian Aboriginal languages. Human Harvest was produced originally in Mandarin.[3]

In addition to the work by filmmaker Leon Lee, two Canadian film companies contributed to the production of the film: Principal of Flying Cloud Productions in Vancouver, and Toronto-based Mark Media.[3]


Comments by Peabody Awards judges[edit]

According to Peabody Awards judges:[2][4][5]

With powerful testimonials about the intricacies of the trade and the human cost, including interviews with Chinese doctors who confide they’ve been coerced into removing organs from live political prisoners, this is a harrowing exposé of a fiendish system of forced organ donor transplants.

Peabody Awards winners must receive unanimous support from the 17 members of the Peabody Board of Jurors.[3]


On April 7, 2015, Dateline of SBS Australia broadcast the film and urged the Australian Government to do something to help stop illegal organ trade in China.[6][7][8] The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the investigators, including David Matas and his colleagues, are "pushing for the perpetrators to stand before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity".[9][10][11]

In 2015 the Communist Party of China said it would stop harvesting the organs of executed prisoners, an announcement about which the filmmaker Lee is skeptical.[2]

Film companies[edit]

It is reported that the two Canadian film companies, which worked on the documentary, will continue to work on other projects, including an in-depth investigation on the controversies around the Confucius Institutes.[12]


  • 2015, November, AIB Media Excellence Awards, International Investigative Documentary.
  • 2015, April, Peabody Awards.
  • 2015, Salem Film Fest Awards - "The Michael Sullivan Frontline Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film".[13]
  • 2015, Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, "Best Picture-Documentary".[14]
  • 2015, Big Muddy Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature.[15]
  • 2014, Global film Awards, "Humanitarian Awards: Grand Prize".[16]
  • 2014, Dec, Viewster Online Film Festival, 1st Place.[17]
  • 2014, Nov, Canada Hamilton Film Festival, Best Documentary.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chinese Movies".
  2. ^ a b c Tiffany Crawford (2015-04-24). "Vancouver filmmaker wins prestigious Peabody Award for organ harvesting documentary". The Vancouver Sun.
  3. ^ a b c CMF Supported Human Harvest Wins Peabody Award Archived 2015-05-25 at the Wayback Machine, 23 Apr 2015
  4. ^ "(Winner 2014)Human Harvest: China's Illegal Organ Trade (International Syndication)". Peabody Awards. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  5. ^ "Human Harvest Wins Prestigious Peabody Award". Canada Media Fund. 2015-04-23. Archived from the original on 2015-04-25.
  6. ^ SBS (2015-04-08). "Dateline: Human harvest - China's organ trafficking". SBS_TV.
  7. ^ Leon Lee (2015-04-07). "Human Harvest: China's Organ Trafficking". SBS_TV.
  8. ^ Leon Lee (2015-04-08). "Human Harvest: Filmmaker Q&A(film)". SBS.
  9. ^ Kate Aubusson (2015-04-08). "China's gruesome live organ harvest exposed in documentary". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  10. ^ K, Jayalakshmi (2015-04-08). "China: Film exposes state sponsored organ harvesting from live prisoners". International Business Times.
  11. ^ "China's other big business: Harvesting organs from prisoners when they're still alive". 2015-04-08.
  12. ^ Joel Marino Flying Cloud Productions & Mark Media Team Up to Produce New Titles, May 1, 2015
  13. ^ "Salem Film Fest 2015 Awards". Salem Film Fest. 2015-03-12.
  14. ^ "Flathead Lake International Cinemafest 2015 Awards". FLIC. 24 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Big Muddy Film Festival Award Winners". Big Muddy Film Festival. 2015-03-01.
  16. ^ "2014The Humanitarian Award(List)". Global Film Awards. 2014-12-21.
  17. ^ "Davids and Goliath wins Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF4)". Viewster. 2014-12-08. Archived from the original on 2015-05-12.
  18. ^ "Official Website: Hamilton Film Festival". Hamilton Film Festival.

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