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Movie Review: Living in Emergency

Alternate Title: Doctor Yes

Story: The next time you receive a mailing from Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) please do not throw it away. Instead, take out your checkbook and write them a hefty check. Director Mark N. Hopkins, in his new documentary, Living in Emergency, follows four brave doctors for two years in war torn Liberia and the Congo.

We get to see the conditions that these volunteers operate under and some of the visuals are hard to take. The first part of the film finds us in the operating rooms (if you can call them that) watching them perform under dire circumstances. The rest of the film concentrates on the humanitarian aid doctors themselves and we get to watch, first person, as they struggle emotionally, mentally and physically under terrible conditions.

The film was shot over two years. It is not a great film and it is not a fundraising tool but the subject matter is of such importance that you will want to send them money for their fine work.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMuLdA5AbXM

Acting: Since this is a documentary there is no acting,. The brave doctors include: Chris Brasher, Davinder Gill, Tom Krueger, Chiara Lepora

Trivia: From the MSF website: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF's work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. MSF operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.
In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Predilection: I support this organization and also like documentaries.

Critters: Livestock

Visual Art: These war torn countries are very difficult to look upon.

Theater Audience: We see this at a documentary film festival at the IFC theater in Manhattan. There were about 20 other people watching with us.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 4

Drift Factor: It could have been edited and tightened.

Predictability Level: Sadly, high

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Perhaps

Length: Under two hours