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Bosnia. Rwanda. Kosovo. Sierra Leone. Pakistan. Just a few of the world's humanitarian and political crises in the past years. Whether the result of war or nature, these disasters devastate populations and cripple health systems. Despite the immense dangers and difficulties of the work, one organization, Doctors Without Borders, has continuously intervened at these frontlines of overwhelming human need.
Set in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia, Living in Emergency interweaves the stories of four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under the most 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, and test the limits of their own idealism.
Utterly Engrossing. --Kimberly Jones, Austin Chronicle
Inspiring against the heaviest of odds. --Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
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The main action centers in regions of war-torn Congo and Liberia, the film really sets up a climate in which emergency medicine (and indeed everyday healthcare) is absolutely essential. But, by and large, this is triage work. With limited resources, personnel, and access to modern equipment--the doctors do the best they can in unfavorable conditions. Some of the film's images are quite graphic and disturbing, but absolutely pivotal to showcasing just a fragment of what the doctors contend with. Their participation is temporary and their impact might be marginal in the grand scheme of things, but still they persevere to make a small difference in saving lives.Read more ›
Part of the motivation behind making Living In Emergency must have been to raise awareness of MSF and hence to get us Westerners who can afford to spend our time watching DVDs to contribute to its coffers. However, when presented with the kind of work these doctors perform, it's tough to be cynical about any marketing motivators behind the film. These doctors perform important work; the least that we can do is spring a few bucks to support it.
Living In Emergency is well made, well constructed, focused and informative. We get to see the good and the bad of the situation faced by MSF MDs, and we leave the film understanding that the work being done by MSF is almost negligible considering that a third of the world's population lives without access to modern medicines. And that is why it is even more important that MSF is allowed to not only continue the work they are doing, but to grow as quickly as possible. The world needs organizations like MSF.Read more ›
The story telling was excellent and the filmography was well done.
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A must see for all who plan to work with MSF! Meets all clichés! Beautiful lady doctor and James Dean hero type! Be a part of the team!Published on October 11, 2012 by Sönke
As a physician who is interested in working for MSF, this documentary gives an insight into what the lives of the doctors working for MSF are like. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by P. Mahale