The Batte Center Presents: A Southern Circuit Film: Bending the Arc

Apr 10
Tue @ 7:00 pm
A Southern Circuit Film: Bending the Arc
EVENT DATE
April 10, 2018
Tue at 7:00 pm
SPONSORED BY
The Batte Center & Union County Community Arts Council
PRESENTED AT
McGee Theatre
EVENT DESCRIPTION

A powerful story about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists - including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl - whose work thirty years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. Epic yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history.

Reaching far beyond the issue of health care, Bending the Arc shows how moral imagination, strategy, and sheer will together can change the trajectory of the world, bending the arc of the moral universe closer to justice.

 

Filmmaker Cori Stern will be present for the film screening and engage audiences in a question and answer session afterwards.

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ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS:

The Southern Circuit is the South’s only tour of emerging and respected filmmakers, providing communities with a free and interactive way of experiencing independent film. The Circuit presents filmmakers screening and discussing their work with campus and community audiences. 

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Brief Film Synopsis:

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.

Running Time: 1:41:51

Genre: Documentary