Heroes in A World-Wide Emergency Room
Living In Emergency reveals how doctors from varied backgrounds deal individually and as a group with the conditions of shocking poverty, filth and polution and ongoing warfare that put them in constant personal danger and make it extremely difficult for them to do their work effectively. Yet they persist. They invent and improvise, but are often tensions between them, and heartbreak when they see their patients die unnecessarily.
Using an observational style, filmmaker Mark Hopkins follows four physicians who are stationed in the war zones of Liberia and Congo. Their stories and struggles are absolutely gripping -- more harrowing than medical dramas. Collectively, they represent a revealing cross section of Doctors Without Borders volunteers, and offer insights about how the organization operates.
The nonfiction drama is backed up with statistics that show the vastness of public health problems around the world. It's also clear that Doctors Without Borders has a hard time keeping up with demands. So, the film serves not only as a tribute to the organization and its personnel, but also suggests that things won't change unless we all get involved in some way to make a difference. It's hard to watch this film and not at least reach for your wallet to make a contribution.
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- Title: Living In Emergency
- Director: Mark Hopkins
- US Theatrical Release Date: June 4, 2010 (limited)
- Running Time: 93 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Filming Locations: Beni, Democratic Republic Of Congo and other locations
- Language: English and Swahili and French with English subtitles
- Distribution Company: BEV Pictures