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"The Donor": Exploring kin, obligation & "the gift" through Film

Suze Berkhout
University Health Network
Anticipated time commitment
1.5 hr
Application deadline
Type of Organ
Opportunity Type
Focus Group
T1 - Culture of Donation, T2 - Practices for Donation, T5 - Restoring Long-Term Health

Our research team is an interdisciplinary group of artists, social scientists, clinicians and people with lived experience of transplantation, and we are looking at different ways that artistic practices can help to create new understandings in relation to transplant experiences.

Our project team has been working with filmmaker and liver transplant recipient Fraser Best, who has created a short documentary film about the relationship between him and his living donor and some of the unspoken feelings, thoughts and ideas that can take place within relationships in living donation.

We are aiming to show the short film (16 min) to a small group of interested people online and then have a Q&A/discussion with Fraser and our project team.

The discussion is part of our research: we're interested in understanding if this film offers insights around living donation that aren't often discussed in official or institutional settings and if the film prompts important reflections that aren't always or easily talked about relating to transplant and donation.

Experience required

Any PFD partner who is interested in viewing the film and taking part in a discussion is welcome to join! Please let us know your time zone and which evenings would be best for you to join a discussion/film viewing group.

Potential roles for PFD Partners

Viewing the film and participating in a facilitated discussion: 1.5hr total time Each group would be 6-8 PFD partners We're happy to run as many groups as there are people interested in the experience.


$25 gift card of your choice for your time

How to get in touch

Suze Berkhout
Job title
Principal Investigator

The Donor will be screened on November 20, 8:30 - 9:30 pm EST. Register here: https://cdtrp.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvdumurTMjEtwIhQYjeJugz7VlF9pEeSV5