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Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders (2008)

Dr. Chris Brasher , Dr. Chiara Lepora , Mark Hopkins  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dr. Chris Brasher, Dr. Chiara Lepora, Dr. Tom Krueger, Dr. Davinder Gill
  • Directors: Mark Hopkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RIR5H2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gripping. --Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Utterly Engrossing. --Kimberly Jones, Austin Chronicle

Inspiring against the heaviest of odds. --Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Product Description

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.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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For anyone who supports humanitarian causes and applauds the inordinate efforts of those who do the work, this film is an absolute must-see. It's about much more than the face value subject matter, as if that wasn't reason enough to buy this DVD. As you watch this film you're transported mentally, emotionally and spiritually to places you need to see, feel and think about. For in all the news we typically digest in America, there is not enough exposure to and news about the most hurting places on earth. Watching this Oscar-worthy documentary will help many of us who aren't in touch as much as we'd like to be. The only caveat to bear in mind is that some of the surgical footage is as raw as it gets. However, it is by far one of the most compelling, heartfelt movies of this genre that you will ever see.

Kudos to all the courageous doctors - the women and men who provide a legacy and a road map defining what our human spirit is capable of when faced with impossible odds. If you're a person who cares about the universal suffering of others, the net effect of this film will level set your moral compass for quite some time to come.

Listen with your heart.

Peace,
Dave Fleming
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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It's hard not to be impacted in a very visceral and emotional way when watching the compelling documentary "Living in Emergency." This hopeful and harrowing study following four volunteers for Doctors Without Borders was shortlisted (although not officially nominated) for Best Documentary Feature consideration at the Academy Awards. And it's easy to see why. A fascinating study of the reasons people practice medicine in extreme circumstances and the affect it has on them, it is sometimes dificult to understand why medical practitioners put themselves into physical and psychological distress--but impossible not to admire them for it. The film traces the individual journeys of two seasoned professionals as well as two doctors experiencing their first missions. Whether they face a community torn by violence and warfare or combat areas of isolation and primitive conditions, their struggles are palpable. The film really gives us a glimpse into the souls and frustrations of its participants and is one of the more personally affecting documentaries that I've seen in some time.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Stunning, a heartbreaker and a heartwarmer. I have a dear friend who spent some years with MSF and I now have some inkling as to what he encountered and what he contributed. Thanks so very much for making this most extraordinary movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story and filmography September 29, 2013
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As a former overseas volunteer I really appreciated the authenticity in this film.
The story telling was excellent and the filmography was well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great documentary November 24, 2012
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this a true documentary of doctors in there best and worst from their emotion in coping with chaos in medicine in coutries
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