2024 ILLUMINATE Film Festival

Confessions of a Good Samaritan followed by a Panel Discussion

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Director Penny Lane’s decision to become a “Good Samaritan” by giving one of her kidneys to a stranger – someone she's never met, and never will meet – launches her on a provocative, intimate, and unexpectedly funny quest to understand the nature of altruism. Confessions of a Good Samaritan is a provocative inquiry into the science, history, ethics and emotions around organ transplantation.

Followed by a panel exploring the power of empathy, featuring meditation instructor Sarah McLean, The Empathy Center director, Edwin Rutsch, and Reverend Paulette Pipe.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    105 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Penny Lane
  • Producer
    Gabriel Sedgwick
  • Executive Producer
    Greg Boustead, Jessica Harrop, Michael Cho, Mimi Rode, Tim Lee
  • Cast
    Penny Lane
  • Cinematographer
    Naiti Gámez
  • Editor
    Hannah Buck
  • Composer
    Carolina Eyck