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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Monday night

Tales From the Organ Trade 9 p.m., HBO

From acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock (pictured) comes this documentary that explores the controversial practice of black-market organ trafficking. Narrated by David Cronenberg, the 83-minute film has a global scale, following patients and parts from Manila to Istanbul to Colorado and beyond. “Tales” covers everything from the street-level solicitors for kidney donors, to the rogue surgeons who perform the operations, to the impoverished donors who sacrifice their organs for a quick payday, to the desperate patients wrestling with obeying the law or saving their lives.

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