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NEW CBC DOC VITAL BONDS BRINGS NEVER-BEFORE-FILMED STORIES OF ORGAN DONATION TO CANADIAN AUDIENCES

– Premieres Thurs., Nov 17 at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT on CBC The Nature of Things –
 
Click here to watch a preview of Vital Bonds. For images, please click here.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Edmonton. Oct. 19, 2016 – Canada's organ donation rate is among the lowest in the industrialized world – and every organ lost is also a life. With unique and unprecedented access to one of the busiest transplant hospitals in Canada, the new CBC documentary Vital Bonds lets viewers witness first-hand the moving real-life stories of Canadian organ donors and recipients over a five-month period. Stories range from the sudden loss of 28-year-old Matthew and the decision to donate by his family so his life would be an inspiration to others to a two-week-old Baby Harlow who waits to receive a precious new heart. An ID: Productions film, Vital Bonds (1 x 60’) premieres on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki on Thurs. Nov. 17 at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. NT.
 
Vital Bonds is ultimately a story about humans caught up in the transplant world against their will - and of the doctors who help them,” says Niobe Thompson writer & director, ID Productions. “We believe the audience will be deeply moved by what they see. And ultimately, the generosity to donate organs is a power that comes out of empathy. We hope this documentary creates empathy.”
 
Vital Bonds lets audiences witness the emotional impact of both the giving and receiving of organ donation first-hand for the first time on CBC. The storytelling includes several powerful fly-on-the-wall sequences. One story includes the family of 28-year-old Matthew who let us follow them on their journey from learning of their son’s traumatic brain injury to making the decision to donate to the heartbreaking moment of saying their final goodbyes. Another story includes a devoted grandfather waiting in the ICU for a new heart that’s big enough for his body. Interwoven with several emotional narratives, viewers also witness surgeons and scientists pushing medical boundaries of what's possible.
 
There is a companion feature film to Vital Bonds called Memento mori. The film premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival in September and is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit.
 
Facts on organ donation in Canada:
  • Canada’s organ donation rate is among the lowest in the industrialized world.
  • 90% of Canadians support organ donation in Canada. Only 25% have registered to donate.
  • 18 out of every 1,000,000 Canadians are organ donors.
  • In Canada alone, one in four on the lung wait list dies waiting.
  • Over 4,500 Canadians are waiting for kidneys. Every day, four of them die.
  • A signed organ donation card does not mean you’re registered.
  • One organ donor can save up to eight lives and enhance 75 lives.
  • In 2013, 43.5% of organ donors were not related to the recipient.
  • In 2013, 246 people died waiting for an organ transplant.
Vital Bonds is produced in association with CBC Television, the Canada Media Fund, with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund, with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
 
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Check out the following social media pages for more on the people in the film and more behind-the-scenes insight and facts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TransplantDocs/
Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/TransplantDocs
 
ABOUT ID: PRODUCTIONS
ID is an award winning documentary film and digital media company dedicated to using cinema as a catalyst for social and political change. Our mandate is to create films and media strategies that empower and inspire. Over the years, ID has worked nationally and internationally with a wide range of partners including NFB, CBC, TVO, Knowledge Network, CTV, OMNI TV, ZDF, ARD and ARTE.
 
ABOUT CBC
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada's trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.
 
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Susan Stafford
UNIT:PR Inc.
T: 416.506.1238
susan@unitpr.com






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