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Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa (2006)

Jeff McCarthy , Anne Torsiglieri , Martin Doblmeier  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff McCarthy, Anne Torsiglieri, Alex Donote
  • Directors: Martin Doblmeier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AJQ7I8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Short Film: Director's Thoughts
  • Short Film: The Alber Schweitzer Fellowship
  • Filmmaker Biography

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{Winner! Gabriel Award 2008}
{Winner! Telly Award 2009}

Dr. Albert Schweitzer is remembered around the world as one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century, a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in healing the sick and injured in Africa. This towering figure - jungle doctor, pastor, philosopher, and celebrated musician - was revered by royalty and the famous of his day. Yet the price of his fame was paid for in part by his wife and daughter, left behind in Europe while he pursued his African dream.

Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa tells his remarkable story through the eyes of his wife, Helene, a nurse who shared her husband's dream of carving a hospital out of the rugged African jungle. Filmed on location in Strasbourg, France, where the young Schweitzer gave organ recitals and preached, and in Gabon, West Africa, where the hospital he founded continues to treat people today, this inspiring docu-drama brings to life the story of Albert Schweitzer, and is enhanced by real-life interviews with family members, biographers, theologians, and others.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and controversial film July 26, 2009
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Dr. Schweitzer was certainly a very noble and extraordinary person. As a professional, he has completely dedicated his life to helping others. However, in many ways he sacrificed his family (an ill wife and a young daughter) for the well-being of the world.

Doblmeier's film successfully highlights this controversy of Dr. Schweitzer's legacy. I strongly recommend it, especially to those who try to find out the right balance between their professional ambitions and family needs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love thy neighbour June 13, 2010
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Although I hoped this dvd would be the latest movie about Albert Schweitzer, the one with Jeroen Krabbé in it as Schweitzer, this older movie gives a very good impression about Schweitzer. Good acting, good filming. Very useable at school for kids 12 and up.Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Man Celebrated... August 11, 2013
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Wonderful man does not begin to describe the brilliance that was Albert Schweitzer whose life is marvelously depicted in this film.
Schweitzer's life is looked at from young man to his dying year with such aplomb by actor Jeff McCarthy that one can easily forget it is indeed a portrayal. The film is intertwined with interviews with Schweitzer's actual relatives. We are relished with beautiful locations of the Serengeti juxtaposed with the harsh reality of the disease-ridden natives and their plight for survival.

All told it is a poignant and touching tale that can be best summed up in the music of Bach playing in the background of the Serengeti.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Albert Schweitzer-Great Missionary April 10, 2014
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I loved the movie, mostly because I am a missionary to Africa so I could relate to his experiences. I would recommend the movie to all who love people.
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