Bosnia. Rwanda. Kosovo. Sierra Leone. Just a few of the world’s hot spots in recent years. Whether the result of war
or nature, these disasters devastate populations and cripple health systems. Despite the danger and difficulty, one organization, Doctors Without Borders, has continuously intervened at these frontlines of overwhelming human need.
Set in war-torn Congo and 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.
SHORTLISTED FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - AMPAS • ACADEMY AWARDS
“1/2 The documentary offers extraordinary access both to medical dramas and the psychodramas of staff members…Ultimately this is also a hopeful story about Westerners assimilating into very different cultures in order to help. Highly recommended.” - T. Keogh, Video Librarian
“Inspiring against the heaviest of odds.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal