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.
The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 and has since screened at film festivals around the country, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival, Greenwich International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Skoll Foundation’s World Forum in Oxford, England, Telluride Mountain Film Festival, and others.
Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and Arts and Humanities Initative invite you to join us for the HMS screening of, Bending the Arc.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Amphitheater
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
Doors open at 5:30pm with a 6:00pm start time (free admission—no reserved seating).
For the latest news, reviews, and screenings, visit the Bending the Arc website.