Bending the Arc

USA, Feature Documentary, 2017, 102 min

...transcending the colossal power of its own story, a superhero movie world-premiered at Sundance to thunderous applause. Hollywood Reporter

This stunning documentary chronicles a team of young people—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim and Ophelia Dahl-- whose charitable medical work 30 years ago during a tuberculosis epidemic in Haiti ignited a worldwide healthcare movement. Their idea was to deliver basic healthcare to those with no access to medical help by training ordinary Haitian villagers as healthcare workers. The team turned the epidemic around and cured almost all of their patients. But there were obstacles: The World Bank, the medical establishment, dysfunctional governments and the poverty of their patients. As they won over allies, their good work expanded to fighting the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and the Ebola virus in Rwanda. They took their fight from the village to the world stage to ensure that healthcare is a right for all, and that poverty should not determine whether a person should live or die.

Directed by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos

Colorado Premiere

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