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USA, 2013, 80 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Medical/Health, Social Issues
Program: DocumentaryLanguage: English
DIRECTOR: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman
Producer: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman, Dan O'MearaEditor: Sam PollardCinematographer: Jarred Alterman, Steven Bognar, Nadia Hallgren, Gary Griffin, Jeff Reichert, Erick Stoll, Errol Webb
In their moving documentary Remote Area Medical, filmmakers Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman focus on the tragic state of health care in America. Their film puts a human face on the problem in rural Tennessee.
When Stan Brock, former Wild Kingdom co-host, started his charity of the film’s title, he brought much-needed medical care to the Amazon. Decades later, he realized that the working poor in America needed his help just as much. The film follows Brock’s team of dedicated doctors and volunteers to a NASCAR racetrack in Bristol, where they treat hundreds of people in desperate need of care at a makeshift pop-up “hospital.” Some of the patients wait for as long as two days for proper dental work, eyeglasses, and, in some cases, surgery. Most have neglected their own health because they can’t afford or don’t have access to health care. Some have not seen a doctor for years.
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