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In a new documentary, director Ric Esther Bienstock discovers a more complex story. From the slums of Manila, to the peaks of Denver, Tales from the Organ Trade tells the story of people desperate to buy organs and people desperate to sell.

As part of our project Line in The Sand exploring the ethical dilemmas that define us, we explore the questions and issues of paying for organs.

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RIC SPEAKS AT IDEACITY

Over the years ideacity has welcomed such distinguished presenters as Deepak Chopra, Margaret Atwood, Romeo Dallaire, and Robert Kennedy Jr. But we’ve also hosted lesser known thinkers who became superstars – like 15-year-old Jack Andraka, who discovered a test for pancreatic cancer.

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DOC INSTITUTE MASTERCLASS COMING UP

Documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock has spent 25 years directing and producing an eclectic body of work. Bienstock’s award-winning projects have explored the magic of Penn & Teller, Ebola, corruption in the world of professional boxing, women who choose to be single mothers, the black market trade in human organs, the business of porn, and sex trafficking. But while Bienstock is most widely recognized for her investigative films with unprecedented access into unknown worlds, she makes no claim to being a journalist.

In her Master Class, Bienstock will discuss her impressive filmography with special attention paid to her process for creating cinematic works out of journalistic topics. The discussion will also touch on Bienstock’s tips for access and the blurred ‘line’ between docs and journalism.

For more information please go to the Doc Institute.

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015,  6:30pm – 8:30pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
Location: Camera Bar (Map)
Price: DOC Members: $55* / Non-members: $75 / Students (with valid I.D.) $45 / LIFT Members: $55

HOT DOCS WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Hot Docs is pleased to welcome Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock, the CBC’s executive director of Studio and Unscripted Content Jennifer Dettman, creative sector volunteer and entrepreneur Megan Porter, and filmmaker, activist and educator David Vaisbord to the organization’s Board of Directors.

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THE COAST COVERS RIC'S WIFT MASTERCLASS

In her 30-year career, Bienstock has focused on investigative documentaries that take huge risks in content and presentation, which is different from scripted film: "There are a lot more unknowns with docs, you don't know how it's going to unfold, and there are positive surprises and negative surprises and you make those work in the context of your edits." 

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