BENDING THE ARC
Friday, November 3, 5:35 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 10:30 a.m.
Director: Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos
Runtime: 102 minutes
Languages: English/Haitian Creole/Spanish/Kinyarwanda with English subtitles
Partners in Health founder and Rwandan Health Minister Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is scheduled to appear for a post-film discussion after the Nov. 3rd performance.
Thirty years ago, a group of improbable heroes came together on a mission that was both medical and moral, and, by everyone’s estimation other than their own, highly unlikely to succeed. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the charity-industrial complex itself, these crusaders forced the international community to embrace the idea that health care must be a basic human right in every society, and went ahead to provide it. In doing so, they have changed the lives of millions of people across the globe. Told through interviews, rare archival material and on-the-ground contemporary footage featuring Dr. Paul Farmer (legendary founder of Partners In Health), Dr. Jim Yong Kim (maverick President of the World Bank), and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho (controversial Health Minister of Rwanda), the film is an emotionally charged, dramatic and inspiring journey with these brilliant and headstrong heroes.
Principal Cast: Dr. Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Dr. Joia Mukherjee, St. Ker Francois, Adeline Mercon, Meliquiades Huauya Ore
Writer: Cori Shepherd Stern
Producer: Kief Davidson, Cori Shepherd Stern
Cinematographer: David Murdock, Guy Mussman, Joshua Dreyfus
Editor: Pedro Kos, Yuki Aizawa
Music: H. Scott Salinas, Matthew Atticus Berger