Global Health Crisis Comes to the Big Screen

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 A new documentary film featuring the work of four Doctors Without Borders physicians could not come at a better time, as the Obama Administration has begun to focus more intensely on global health policies and its USAID nominee wends his way through the Senate confirmation process.

“Living in Emergency,” the 90-minute film set to unveiled Dec. 14 in a live interactive event, should help connect the dots between US policy and on-the-ground reality in resource-poor countries for those making key decisions in Washington.

The film features the experiences of four doctors working in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia. “These stories are their intensely personal experiences, which are emblematic of the hard choices, dilemmas, and, sometimes, bitter realities that Doctors Without Borders medical teams grapple with every day in more than 60 countries around the world,” says Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors Without Borders-USA, in a news release about the film. “We are giving Americans across the nation a first, in-depth look at our field operations.”

Here’s more from the release, how to tune in, and view the trailer:

On Monday, December 14, 2009, Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News 20/20 and Emmy-award winning investigative journalist, will host an exclusive, one-night LIVE event featuring the critically acclaimed documentary “Living in Emergency.”  Following the documentary, Vargas will moderate a town hall discussion that will go beyond the headlines of today’s humanitarian crises and go behind the scenes of one of the leading international medical emergency organizations. The panelists will include Sebastian Junger, best-selling author of The Perfect Storm and Vanity Fair contributing editor, Dr. Krueger and Dr. Brasher who are featured in the documentary, along with Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors Without Borders-USA, and other special guests.

This LIVE event will be broadcast via satelite from the Skirball Center stage in New York City to thousands of Americans seated in nearly 450 movie theaters across the country. Click here, http://doctorswithoutborders.org/events/public/2009-livinginemergency/, to learn more.

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