I am so tickled about this film, it previewed for one day only this winter and I was out of town so I didn't get to see it... so imagine how much I jumped up and down and all around for joy when I saw that it was showing this week in Austin!
The documentary film represents the first time that Doctors Without Borders (or Medicines Sans Frontieres internationally) has allowed film crews to shadow its doctors.
"Filmed in the war-zones of Liberia and Congo with unprecedented access to the field operations of Doctors Without Borders. Livine in Emergency follows four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions. Two volunteers are new recruits: a 26 year-old Australian doctor stranded in a remote bush clinic and an American surgeon struggling to cope under the load of emergency cases in a shattered capital city. Two others are experienced field hands: a dynamic Head of Mission, valiantly trying to keep morale high and tensions under control, and an exhausted veteran, who has seen too much horror and wants out. Amidst the chaos, each volunteer must confront the severe challenges of the work, the tough choices, adn the limits of their own idealism. The film is a raw and very real depiction of the dilemmas facing MSF staff in the field and the toll their work can take on them both personally and professionally. It is not a pretty film about heroes or heroines. It is about the reality of aid work - blood and sweat, tough decisions and hard consequences, laughter and tears, cigarettes and beer, arguments and all."
You can see a two minute preview and learn more about the film here:
The film is also showing in New York, Boston, Berkeley, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Austin, St. Louis, Seattle, and San Diego! It will also open later this month in Santa Monica, Pasadena, Encino, Claremont, Detroit, Phoenix, Chicago, and Minneapolis. You can also start a movement to bring the film to your area if it's not already showing there (I'm awfully surprised to see Dallas left off of the list).