Tales from the Organ Trade by Ric Esther Bienstock

Border Lines

It is one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine: The saving of a patient by organ transplantation. There is, however, a huge worldwide demand for organs – and not enough donors. Little surprise then, that an extensive black market has developed. In the investigative documentary, we meet the people involved: Doctors, organ dealers, lawyers, patients waiting for an organ, and last but not least, the poverty-stricken people who have little choice but to turn their organs into money. The film reconstructs an illegal organ transplant operation. Beginning with a patient in Toronto, the trail leads back to a middleman in Israel, a doctor hiding in Turkey and ends with a donor in Moldova. The various strands of this documentary are expertly woven by David Cronenberg, Canada’s master of under-the-skin films.

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  • Genre: DOC: Health & Mental Health
  • Runtime: 82 Min
  • Country, Year: Canada, 2013
  • Languages: Russian, Hebrew, Tagalog, English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Screenplay: Ric Esther Bienstock
  • Cinematography: Michael Ellis, Ken Ng, Frank Vilaca
  • Editor: Steve Weslak
  • Producer: Ric Esther Bienstock, Felix Golubev, Simcha Jacobovici
  • Production Company: Associated Producers

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