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MIPTV Picks: Living in Emergency

In countries rent asunder by the bloody ravages of war, organizations such as Médicins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) are incredibly vital lifelines; healers attempting to coax miracles out of chaos. This film documents the travails and triumphs of four MSF volunteers stationed in the war zones of Liberia and Congo.
April 1, 2010


In countries rent asunder by the bloody ravages of war, organizations such as Médicins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) are incredibly vital lifelines; healers attempting to coax miracles out of chaos. This film documents the travails and triumphs of four MSF volunteers stationed in the war zones of Liberia and Congo. The team of doctors includes new recruits and weary veterans, and each one is doing his or her best to come to terms with the brutal realities of a world gone mad. The film doesn’t intend to deify these doctors – they are presented as everyday people, living in an environment that is, sadly, everyday life for far too many.

Partners: Produced by Red Floor Pictures; distributed by APT Worldwide

Length: 1 x 60 mins, 1 x 90 mins

Premiered: Venice, 2008

Rights: All worldwide excluding DVD

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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