Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tales from the organ trade: trick or treat?

Human organs for transplantation are a desperately needed scarce resource worldwide. When any resource is scarce and desperately needed by human beings, like our thirst for oil, all sorts of things can happen. There is great potential for corruption, manipulation, irrationality, and violence, but also for some party to exact some gain, some advantage, some profit. The trade in human body parts -- bits of ourselves conventionally considered too precious to have a price -- is an bioethical conundrum custom-built for Halloween.

This time around, I did not have to reach far to find something about the global organ trade. I could look in my inbox, where lo and behold I found a message from one of HBO's publicists. HBO is screening a documentary on the global organ trade next week narrated by -- appropriately enough -- the Canadian film director David Cronenberg. As the press release goes:

This 83-minute documentary explores the legal, moral and ethical issues involved in the complex life-and-death drama or organ trafficking. More than a simple black-and-white story of exploitation, TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE is a nuanced and complex film that challenges moral and ethical beliefs. It delves into a world where “villains” often save lives and the medical establishment, helpless to its own rules and bureaucracy, too often watches people die. In the best scenario, victims walk away content and safe, and buyers of organs (the recipients) return home with a new lease on life. From Manila to Istanbul, Colorado to Kosovo, Toronto to Tel Aviv, this film spotlights a compelling cast whom fate has brought together, where the gift of life meets the shadow of death.

Tales of the Organ Trade airs Monday, November 4th on HBO as part of its HBO Documentary Fall Films Series at 9pm EST. And no, HBO is not giving me a red cent for plugging their business. It just looks like something that might be worth watching.

Labels: , , ,


Blogger Unknown said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Or if you openly swiss replica watches criticize people who watch The Hills and The OC but you watch every episode rolex masterpiece watches of Gossip Girl AND know all names of all characters.

Ditto if you replica wathces belittle Harry Potter fans rolex replica but you yourself are a Twihard.

Or if you can not gucci replica stand it when people type LOL or LMBO but you LOVE chanel replica to type OMG and WTF.

3:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

2015-10-13 zhengjx
Abercrombie And Fitch Clothing Outlet at New York
Louis Vuitton Handbags UK For Sale
uggs australia
Jordan 6 Retro Discount Sale
burberry outlet
Michael Kors Outlet Factory Online Store
celine handbags
michael kors bag
michael kors outlet
hollister uk
Louis Vuitton Handbags Official USA Website
Michael Kors Outlet Online 70% Off Handbags
michael kors bags
Michael Kors Outlet Online Store Clearance
coach factory outlet
Coach Outlet Online Coach Factory Outlet
Oakley Sunglasses Official Website Cheap Off
canada goose outlet
Coach Factory Outlet Official Website
Louis Vuitton Outlet Purses and Handbags For Sale
louis vuitton handbags
canada goose jackets
Louis Vuitton Outlet Store Locations
Michael Kors Outlet Factory Handbags For Sale
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet
Abercrombie And Fitch New York Clothing Warehouse
hollister clothing
Up to 70% Off Louis Vuitton Outlet
true religion outlet

8:42 PM  
Blogger منصتك الاخبارية said...

5:40 PM  
Blogger rehabgad1 said...

Good write-up. I definitely love this site. Keep it up

5:08 PM  
Blogger rehabgad1 said...

Good write-up. I definitely love this site. Keep it up

8:45 AM  
Blogger yanmaneee said...

nike shoes
kobe basketball shoes
balenciaga trainers
adidas ultra boost
air max 2018
christian louboutin
off white shoes
nike off white

3:50 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home