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June 30, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog

Krawitz’s New Film Gives Cause to Reflect on Our Efforts to Improve the World

Veteran filmmaker, and Stanford professor, Jan Krawitz is working on a new documentary that follows the efforts of one woman to “give away a kidney.” Under the working title of Perfect Strangers, the film follows a woman as she tries to find a match who needs a kidney transplant.

What fascinated Krawitz about the story is that the woman didn’t want to donate her kidney to anyone she knew; rather, she wanted to save the life of a complete stranger.

Krawitz says that her purpose isn’t just to show organ donation. Rather, she wishes to show altruism at its most powerful. By examining this spectacular example of human compassion, Krawitz hopes that viewers will reexamine their depth of altruism in their own lives. She wants to make them “a little uncomfortable.”

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