July 12, 2008

The Bleeding Villages

In the 1990s, the Chinese government used the slogan “Donating blood is a noble act” to urge rural villagers to eradicate poverty through “Plasma Economy.” However, because of medical workers’ carelessness, and the authority’s connivance, many people contracted HIV. When disasters are concealed, how do we protect human rights? Facing the arduous road ahead, how does China’s Weiquan (rights protection) movement press on?

About the Documentary

Care and Love
Directed by: Ai Xiaoming
From 1995 to 1997, a blood donation station in the city center of Xingtai, Hebei violated the Blood Donation Law, privately bought 16,750 bags of blood from Shaanxi Province, and supplied the blood to health facilities in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xingtai. Some medical facilities in Xingtai failed to screen the blood prior to transfusion; ten years later, cases of AIDS-related deaths were reported in various villages.