Monday, November 4, 2013

HBO Documentary "Tales From the Organ Trade"

HBO’s documentary, Tales from the Organ Trade, is a neutral, question-provoking look at the interplay between poverty and wealth, need and opportunity, ethics and law. Specifically, it questions the morality (and then questions those who claim the immorality) of those in poverty who sell their organs, those with financial means in desperate health who buy them, and those medical professionals who participate in the transaction.


The documentary is not gruesome. It is a balanced look at a very challenging subject. I thought that the questions of poverty vs. opportunity might make the film relevant to international adoption, but it’s really not. The questions really don't overlap. It’s still worth watching for the questions it will provoke. It debuts tonight on HBO. 

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