By Chen Li, Epochtimes, Washington DC. June 25, 2017
“These are not doctors acting in their individual capacity, but the entire state apparatus that is committing this heinous crime.”
Due to the urgency of the situation, “Every day was a race against time. I used the fastest method possible to produce this film.”
Those were the heartfelt words from Jun Li, the director of the documentary film “Harvested Alive – Ten Years of Investigation”. On June 23, the English version of the film premiered in Rayburn Building of the US Congress, Washington DC, leaving the audience shocked after watching this documentary. According to sources, it has already been awarded the most outstanding foreign language film and best director awards during the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Festival.
This film summarizes the results of ten years of work done by members of the “World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG)” in investigating the truth behind the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 95% of the evidence presented comes directly from mainland China, and the sources include Chinese doctors, reports from the Chinese media, official websites of Chinese hospitals, Chinese courts of law, the CCP’s Politics and Law Committee, the “610″ office (the institution illegally set up by the CCP for the sole purpose of persecuting Falun Gong), the former Central Defense Minister and 5 members from the Politburo Standing Committee.
On June 23, at the documentary’s premiere at the US Congress building, director Jun Li said in an onsite interview that what made this documentary different from all previous documentaries on live organ harvesting, was that nearly one-third of the film’s duration was spent explaining how this is a crime that is committed by the country itself – a crime that is committed by the ruling regime – and a crime that is directly instigated by the CCP’s highest level of authority.
He said: “It is not an issue about just hospitals competing for more business amongst themselves, this issue involves the entire government, from Jiang Zemin to the Politics and Law Committee, the police, the army, the local ‘610’ officials, the court, and down to the hospitals – it is the entire state apparatus that is involved. This is not done by individuals alone, this is done by the regime itself, it is a crime committed by the state. A regime that harvests organs from its own citizens while they are still alive, and done in massive quantities during a time of peace – I think this is evil that is unprecedented in human history. What kind of government would harvest organs from its own citizens during peacetime?
On September 13, 2006, when the then-minister of commerce Bo Xilai accompanied the then-premier Wen Jiabao on a visit to Hamburg, Germany, in a recorded conversation, Bo personally admitted that “Chairman Jiang (Zemin) issued the order of live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners”.
Bai Shuzhong, an ex-general overseeing the health department in the People’s Liberation Army, also admitted in a recorded conversation that ex-leader of the CCP, Jiang Zemin, personally instructed that organs be harvested from Falun Gong practitioners for use in transplantation.
WOIPFG president, Wang Zhiyuan, said that an official from the US Congress and Administration’s Chinese Committee (CECC) said to him that they have been monitoring the issue of live organ harvesting by the CCP over the years, and after watching the documentary, he was shocked. He expressed his thanks to WOIPFG for spending ten years to investigate this issue with such startling results.
Mr. Roberson Korger, who watched the film in Congress on the same day, said he was shocked. “This documentary widens one’s perspective,” he said. “Forced organ harvesting is shocking. This is genocide, and the scale at which it is done, is equivalent to mass murder, this is appalling. “
“We should increase public awareness of this matter, so that more people can take part. This is a horrible atrocity, I believe any American who understands the situation should support the abolishment of forced organ harvesting.”
“The Communist Party is very authoritarian and I believe that an authoritarian political party will do such a thing. This has changed my view of China, I think this issue is something that should not happen in 2017, our present day and age” he said.
Another member of the audience, Russell King, said: “There is no doubt that this is a tragedy.” He believes that the US government can provide assistance at many levels; regarding the incident where an American student died after returning from North Korea, to the US, it also served as a warning on how it should handle US-China relations, as many similar tragedies have occurred in China.
According to sources, “Harvested Alive – Ten Years of Investigation” has been translated into more than 10 languages, including English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. Readers can also visit the official website www.harvestedalive.com, to watch this documentary.
Editor: Su Yang