HBO's Canadian Organ Traffickers Doc Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

9:01 PM PST 04/23/2014 by Etan Vlessing

"Tales From the Organ Trade" earns director Ric Esther Bienstock her second trophy from the Overseas Press Club of America, after "Sex Slaves" won in 2007.

TORONTO – Tales From the Organ Trade, an HBO documentary by writer-director Ric Esther Bienstock, has won an Edward R. Murrow Award.

The award for best documentary on international affairs from the Overseas Press Club of America is Bienstock's second; she received an Edward R. Murrow trophy in 2007 for Sex Slaves, which went on to win an Emmy.

Tales From the Organ Trade, which aired on HBO, investigates a global market for the illegal sale of human body parts by the healthy poor for transplant into the dying rich.

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"[Edward R.Murrow once said, 'anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation,' and that's exactly true of the organ trade," Bienstock told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of receiving the award Thursday night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City.

The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize excellence across the news landscape, including TV, radio and digital.

Tales From the Organ Trade, from Associated Producers and narrated by Canadian director David Cronenberg, was produced by Bienstock, Felix Golubev and Simcha Jacobovici.

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A mainstay on the international festival circuit, the Canadian documentary earlier won the Amnesty International Award from the San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival in Spain, was nominated for a Realscreen Award and won a Scripps Howard Award for journalism, to be received next month in Cincinnati.

The film is to air in Canada on Shaw Media, after an earlier debut in Quebec by Canal D. 

Journeyman Films, the international distributor of Tales From the Organ Trade, recently sold the film to Discovery Latin America.

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