Saturday, April 25, 2015

Why This Documentary ‘Human Harvest’ Just Won a Peabody Award

Leon Lee’s film Human Harvest seems to be blowing the lid on forced organ harvesting in China.
Last night the Vancouver-based filmmaker won the highly regarded Peabody Award for his documentary film Human Harvest: China’s Illegal Organ Trade.
Human Harvest (also known as Davids and Goliath) was 8 years in the making, and has been doing the rounds at festivals, picking up first place prizes along the way. Last night’s award was one to top them all, as many already know the Peabody Award is something to cherish.
As Stephen Colbert put it, a Peabody is “like an Oscar wrapped in an Emmy inside a Pulitzer.”
The Peabody Awards put a spotlight on how electronic media can teach, expand our horizons, defend public interest, or encourage empathy with others. They recognize when storytelling is done well in electronic media; when stories there matter.

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