[content warning: gruesome violence against innocent people]

In the late nineties, China began to perform tens of thousands of organ transplants annually to rich or well-connected “transplant tourists”. China has very little organ-donation system to speak of, so where are the organs coming from?

The murder of innocent people whose only crime is peacefully practicing their religious beliefs.

The dead include Christians, Tibetans, and Uighurs, but the majority are practitioners of Falun Gong, a Buddhist-influenced religion that emphasizes meditation and qigong.

Recently, Leon Lee, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, has released two films onto iTunes. Human Harvest is a documentary about the harvesting of organs from political dissidents. The Bleeding Edge is a thriller based on the true story, starring Anastasia Lin, the reigning Miss World Canada, who was forbidden by the Chinese government to go to the 2015 Miss World pageant in Canada due to her activism against the persecution of the Falun Gong.

These films are not getting a theatrical release. Not because they’re bad films, but because no theater chain is willing to show the movie. The Chinese film market is one of the largest in the world, and theater chains and distributors are afraid of backlash by the Chinese government hurting their profits. The Chinese government has also threatened Lin’s father into severing ties with her; cast and crew members backed out because they were afraid of reprisals from the Chinese government against their loved ones in China.

The Chinese government knows that light is the best disinfectant. If people from developed countries know that Chinese organs come from the murder of innocent people, far fewer people will travel to China to get organ transplants, because most people are fairly strongly against murder. That’s why the Chinese government is desperately engaging in censorship.

I’m not a big fan of other people trying to tell me what I ought to watch, personally, particularly when they’re doing it to cover up their habit of murdering people for their religious beliefs. I don’t like thrillers or incredibly depressing documentaries, so I probably wasn’t going to watch The Bleeding Edge or Human Harvest otherwise. But I want censorship to fail. If you try to keep me from watching something, I’m going to watch it.

I hope you share my thoughts on this. If you do, watch The Bleeding Edge and Human Harvest. Buy them from iTunes. Tell your friends to watch it too. Don’t let the censors and murderers win.