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  • Actors: Artists not provided
  • Directors: Alison Thompson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ZIELVW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Immediately following the 2004 tsunami disaster, Alison and Oscar raced to Sri Lanka, with little money or experience, and planned to volunteer for two weeks. Along the way, they met up with two other volunteers - Donny and Bruce. Together they found themselves running a refugee camp for over a year. The villagers slowly turned against them as the world's donated aid money never materialized. To survive they broke every rule in the diaster aid books and a village was reborn.

THE THIRD WAVE is a road map for volunteering. In a world of increasing natural and man-made disasters, volunteers are needed… no experience required.

About the Actor

Oscar Gubernati was born and raised in Palermo, Italy and moved to Los Angeles in 1990 to attend film studies at UCLA. After his graduation he became the Executive Vice President of Stone Canyon Entertainment, a production company based at MGM studios in Los Angeles. He has worked as an independent feature producer including: Tecknolust, Golf Punks, I Woke up Early the Day I Died, Woundings, South of Heaven West of Hell and Welcome to Hollywood.
In 2002 Oscar moved to NYC to establish Ozone Pictures Inc., a production company specializing in Film Financing, Co-productions & Distribution consulting with focus on films with social and humanitarian content. He also served as Co-Executive Director of IHAF International Humanitarian Artist Foundation, a charitable organization whom awarded artists for their humanitarian efforts. He is the founder of Football Without Boundaries, an organization with the focus of promoting peace through Sports. In 2005 Oscar successfully negotiated and organized a football/soccer match between two ethnicities who have been at civil war for 40 years, the Sinhalese vs. the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. In 2005 He received a Humanitarian Award by the Sri Lanka Government and Rotary International for his services to the victims of the Tsunami Disaster. He is currently serving as executive Director of The Claudio Reyna Foundation a charitable organization devoted to provide assistance to children in low income communities through Soccer.

A resident of Colorado's western slope outside Telluride, Bruce French works professionally as a personal chef to popular rock bands such as Pearl Jam on world tours. When not on the road, the avid outdoorsman enjoys climbing, mountaineering and Kayaking near his yurt home in the San Juan Mountains.
While sailing around the world in the mid '90s, he made a stopover in Sri Lanka. Exploring the island on an old motorcycle, he was moved by the island's rich culture and raw natural beauty, but mostly by the kindness and hospitality of the locals. It was that kind hospitality that fueled his return to volunteer after the tsunami tragedy. In 2005 He received a Humanitarian Award by the Sri Lanka Government for his services to the victims of the Tsunami Disaster.

A native of Bowral, NSW Australia, Donald Thomas Paterson joined the Australian Army Reserve at age 17 and then six months later, the Australian Army. He became involved in Junior Rugby League while in midst of his military career at a posting in Brisbane and has been there ever since. He found his niche in Sports Medicine and currently works as an in-demand trainer for Newcastle area football teams and teaches popular first aid courses for the community at large.
He is married to Tracey and has a son Cory, who plays first grade rugby league for the Newcastle Knights; and two daughters Karah and Krystal. In 2005 He received a Humanitarian Award by the Sri Lanka Government for his services to the victims of the Tsunami Disaster.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reyetr on July 21, 2011
When I watched this documentary for the first time, I was moved beyond words. To see what one person and a heart of gold can do was so amazing to me. I have since watched it about a dozen times and I get something new from it each time. I used to think to myself what can one person do? Some of these disasters are so HUGE, that it can make you feel helpless. Alison Thompson shows you that one motivated person can make a huge impact on thousands of people's lives, and personally got me involved in Haiti. This movie chronicles her time in Sri Lanka with the help of a few friends, rebuilt a town, saved countless lives and developed the first Tsunami early warning system in Sri Lanka. What started out as a trip that was supposed to last 10 days turned out to be an inspiration to thousands. Truly one of the best documentaries I have ever seen, and the book which covers before and after Sri Lanka is an amazing read as well.
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By Rebecca on November 21, 2013
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This is the most moving documentary I have ever seen. It shows that anybody and everybody can make a difference.
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By Denise on November 4, 2013
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Very touching documentary! Having been to Sri Lanka and seeing some of the after effects, this was something I had to watch!
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By Coachk on January 26, 2012
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Great Video, hope it helps the folk in Haiti. Glad to be of help, keep up the good work, success to you all.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ASHG on March 1, 2012
Alison Thompson's story is one gigantic lie.
Alison Thompson walked into Paraliya in early 2005, amply cleavaged and with a camera team in tow, where she found a makeshift hospital run by a crew of volunteers from Hamelin, Gemany. Thompson simply took over the operation and claimed it as her own, by finding a vacant building and moving the Hospital there with the aid of her crew of four, while she was asked to stay on watch. Then she set up a large sign rechristening it from "Hameln Hospital" into a name of her choosing.
Meanwhile, the actual license to run the hospital was procured by the Germans, and it remained running under their name, so they would have to shoulder consequences in case of malpractise (luckily, no such cases happened - amazing, if you consider that the Hamelin team treated more than 18000 patients). Even the medical supplies Thompson claims to have brought in came from the German crew. Thompson and her entourage did nothing except referring patients to the Germans, who then treated them.
In the meantime, Thompson stood outside the hospital tent giving pompous interviews while the Germans were inside the hospital, too busy aiding the injured to produce a favourable image of themselves for the media (note the careful makeup Thompson is wearing on most photos in the middle of disaster). Thompson herself apparently never treated one single patient, in spite of her claims of being a professional nurse.
Also, it's quite doubtful the self-styled "body collector" collected one single body with her own hands *off camera*.
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