Caption1 ‘Bypass’ was released at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide on Friday, 12 May.When the medical system that Dr Lisa Cooper has worked in for so many years starts to fail her, she turns her back on what she has always believed in and gets lured into an organ smuggling syndicate in order to save her son’s life.

This is the plot of a new and controversial film ‘Bypass’, directed and produced by husband and wife team, Shane and Bianca Vermooten, released at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide on Friday, 12 May.

The medical-crime thriller film is a first of its kind in South Africa and explores the dark world of illegal human organ trafficking.

The film was produced by Media Village Productions and stars Natalie Becker, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Greg Kriek, Deon Lotz, Shoki Mokgapa, Matthew Dylan Roberts.

With less than 2% of South Africa’s population being organ donors, the film is set to raise awareness on the topic.

ByPass: Brief Synopsis

In the children’s ward of St Luke’s Hospital, Sam Cooper is waiting at the top of the transplant list for a new liver. His mother, Dr. Lisa Cooper, head of cardiac surgery, feels completely helpless, unable to save her son, despite saving her patients’ lives every single day.   

When a liver finally becomes available and is destroyed en route to the hospital, the alternative of sourcing an illegal organ becomes her only option. She turns her back on the system she has devoted her life to and the two secretly head off to New Day Clinic in East Africa. 

Starring Natalie Becker as Dr Lisa Cooper, the film is set to raise awareness on the topic of illegal organ trafficking. (Image source: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bypassmovie/)Starring Natalie Becker as Dr Lisa Cooper, the film is set to raise awareness on the topic of illegal organ trafficking.

Once behind the derelict walls of the facility, Sam is taken and used as a pawn to force Lisa into performing a heart transplant for a wealthy American patient. Knowing that in order to harvest a heart and perform the transplant, she will need to take the life of a young, innocent girl to get Sam back, she is faced with the devastating reality that some lives may simply be more valuable than others.

See the trailer here: 

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