On Sept 6, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Honorable John Bercow MP, hosted fellow politicians and guests of honour at the UK premiere of The Bleeding Edge in the British House of Parliament at the Speaker’s House. Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, star of the film, spoke to the audience about the ongoing crime against humanity depicted in the film: The forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China. Guests at the event included Jim Shannon MP, Fiona Bruce MP and Lord Alton of Liverpool MP alongside other prominent parliamentarians, as well as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie Creighton.
High profile media outlets such as Reuters, BBC World News, BBC Radio 4, The Spectator, Le Figaro, The Daily Mail, and others filed in depth reports about The Bleeding Edge, and Ms. Anastasia Lin was invited to speak on international TV and radio which included a primetime broadcast of the film’s trailer on BBC World News.
A panel discussion was held after the screening with the film’s director Leon Lee, executive producer Jason Loftus, Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, world-renowned human rights investigator Ethan Guttman and writer and human rights activist Benedict Rogers. The post-film discussion centred on how researchers from both the US and Canada have amassed volumes of evidence pointing to the existence of the atrocity of forced organ harvesting in China, and how it was more important than ever to put an end to the crime. The screening was widely attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, suggesting that positive change could eventually be achieved.
Just been at the the UK premiere of The Bleeding Edge film about organ harvesting in China. Truly horrifying.
— Simon Danczuk (@SimonDanczuk) September 6, 2016
Although a lot more effort is needed before we see an end to the human rights violations occurring in China, a promising step came on Sept. 8, two days after the screening, when Lord Alton of Liverpool cited The Bleeding Edge while introducing a debate in the House of Lords, on the promotion of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Excerpt: “Earlier this week,” pointed out Lord Alton, “Mr. Speaker hosted the premiere of The Bleeding Edge – drawing attention to the harvesting of organs of Falun Gong practitioners in China.” Click here for the full debate.
Another indication of hope on the horizon came from Leon Lee, the film’s director who won a Peabody Award for his documentary Human Harvest, who said: “..one MP stood up as the film ended to express his wish to introduce a resolution condemning forced organ harvesting in China.”
If passed, such a bill would follow in the footsteps of United States House Resolution 343 and UK lawmakers could match Sweden, Taiwan, Spain, and Israel if they make participation in the forced organ transplant industry illegal for UK citizens.
UPDATE: On Oct. 10, we were happy to learn that Fiona Bruce and five other British MPs sponsored the Early day motion 502 “Forced Organ Harvesting in China”. Within three days, the motion had already garnered 18 signatures.
The screening was a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of the pressing human rights issues in China. Of the work that lies ahead, filmmakers and the star Anastasia Lin are prepared to continue their crusade until change is achieved. Says Anastasia Lin: “This is only the beginning!”
— The Spectator (@spectator) September 8, 2016
A new film depicting China’s barbaric practice of forced organ harvesting will be shown in the British Parliament, hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, on Tuesday 6 September at 6pm. The screening coincides with the G20 summit in China, which is stirring international criticism with regards to pressing human rights concerns in the host country. UK Parliamentarians from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords will be attending the film premiere as well as prominent human rights activists and media.
The film, The Bleeding Edge, stars Chinese-born Canadian actress Anastasia Lin, winner of Miss World Canada 2015. Ms. Lin, an outspoken campaigner for human rights in China, was banned from competing in the Miss World final in Sanya, China last year and denied entry to the country because of her political activism. Ms. Lin will be competing again in the upcoming Miss World pageant where she hopes to claim the crown she was denied in 2015. This is the first time a contestant has competed twice in the Miss World pageant. Earlier this year she testified in the British Parliament about the persecution of religious minorities and the practice of forced organ harvesting.
The Speaker of the House of Commons said: “I had the immense privilege of meeting Anastasia Lin earlier this year, and I am both delighted to be hosting the London premiere of The Bleeding Edge and very much looking forward to the screening.”
The Bleeding Edge is a narrative thriller by Canadian director Leon Lee, who won a Peabody Award in 2015 for his documentary Human Harvest, about the horrors of forced organ harvesting in China. In the film, Ms. Lin portrays a Falun Gong practitioner who is imprisoned for her spiritual beliefs and suffers human rights atrocities in a Chinese labour camp. Ms. Lin received a 2016 Leo Award for Best Actress for her powerful performance in The Bleeding Edge, which was also the recipient of the coveted 2016 Gabriel Award for Best Film.
“I’m very honoured to be invited by the Speaker of the House of Commons to screen The Bleeding Edge in the United Kingdom Parliament,” says Ms. Lin. “The film tells the incredible story of the victims of human rights abuse in China, whom I had the honour of interviewing in preparation for the role, and who revealed the most profound vulnerability and courage that human beings can possess. Everyone involved, from the cast to the crew, has taken a personal risk to create this film. This screening will hopefully bring awareness to the issue of forced organ harvesting in China which deserves urgent attention from the international community.”
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