Hard to Believe investigates forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China, a human rights topic that was shrouded in mystery. With almost no hard evidence and a public opinion that the issue is ‘conspiracy,’ the project faced enormous difficulty. After waiting years for the right team, Magnason Film acted as the rainmaker, bringing in Emmy-award winning producer Ken Stone and Swoop Films as executive producers. Magnason Film gave artistic direction, shot, and edited the film.
The film’s global impact was significant. It aired across the US on PBS, as the first film on forced organ harvesting to be broadcast on network TV; it inspired resolutions from the United States government, Canadian Parliament, European Parliament, and Australian government; it’s being watched in 12 languages; has won 18 film festival awards, and the issue is now being openly discussed on mainstream news networks.