VFF Guest Review – A News’ Adam Sawatsky

■ The Market ★★★ ½ — The Market is about the illegal organ trade in India. It follows the lives of two women and their families, one from India who wants to sell her kidney to pay off debts, and the other is from Nanaimo and has been waiting five years for a new kidney. In an attempt to save her life, her family wants her to explore the option of buying an organ from India.

■ The Market ★★★ ½ — The Market is about the illegal organ trade in India. It follows the lives of two women and their families, one from India who wants to sell her kidney to pay off debts, and the other is from Nanaimo and has been waiting five years for a new kidney. In an attempt to save her life, her family wants her to explore the option of buying an organ from India.

The most compelling moments in this well-shot documentary are set in an Indian fishing village devastated by the Tsunami of 2004. You’ll meet a woman attempting to broker the sale of her sister’s kidney. The process is fascinating, from the donor’s emotional struggle to the doctors who profit from the illegal surgeries. 

The scenes in Nanaimo are less engaging, but it is interesting to see how kidney failure affects three generations of one family. It also shows the moral dilemma facing the family.

 The Market puts a personal face on an ethical debate and poses provocative questions. Although you may not walk away with the answers you were looking for, it is worth spending time with these brave women.

• 7:15pm Mon., Feb. 7 at Cap 6

• 4:30pm Thurs., Feb. 10 at Cap 6

Film puts a personal face on the market for illegal organs

Just Posted

FILM REVIEW: Wild creatures help tame prisoners

Robert Moyes offers up his take on The Mustang, screening at local theatres now

B.C., local shorts making waves at Pacific Rim Film Festival

CineVic’s seventh annual Short Circuit festival spotlighting films made close to home

Mathieu Poirier: Beers beat wines for pairing with food

Complexities, ingredients and styles offer more diverse choices, writes Monday beer columnist

Musical joy emerges from fiddling and singing

Joy of Life Festival at Alix Goolden Hall on May 3 and 4 offers both for audiences

Fearing is loving life in West Coast La La Land

Award-winning blues-folk guitarist singer/songwriter playing Sidney show on May 3

REVIEW: Once ‘The Foreigner’ arrives, everything changes

Funny and touching, Chemainus Theatre’s new play will leave you in stitches

Making meditative music for mental health

Calgary duo to perform in James Bay as part of Home Shall be Here tour

Peninsula Players unravel mystery for coming production

Murder on the Nile hits the Mary Winspear Centre stage in May

Just looking, or buying? You can find that perfect art piece at Sidney show

Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society holding Spring Show April 27-28 at Mary Winspear Centre

Peninsula grandmothers salute Roaring ’20s fashion

May 3 event in Sidney benefits Grandmothers Helping African Grandmothers

Most Read