Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders
Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders – Movie Review
In the war-zones of Liberia and Congo, four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.
Living in Emergency follows four doctors in war torn areas of third world countries. One is an Italian woman who is head of missions. One is a wealthy guy from Tennessee who owns 40 acres on his grandfather’s dairy farm. One is an Australian and one is Parisian. It follows them into different war zones of the world and sees how they respond to really overwhelming situations. It is an interesting character study. The overwhelming feeling that you have is these guys are stressed out of their minds, but they come into a situation in which there is no medical care, provide basic medical care — it is certainly not fancy — are overwhelmed and stressed out of their minds and then leave. Even though it is an interesting documentary, as a documentary I’d probably give it two stars. As social activism, I’d probably give it three and a half. But as a solution to a problem, what they need to do is instead of viewing it as the white man’s burden, they should set up an internship program so that they’re training the locals as they go along so that when they leave, there is an infrastructure there and there are people who are not as well trained as they are — at least physician’s assistants who can take over the practice. I understand that it is a war zone and whatever, but in all of the situations, there was some down time. I think that’s the solution. What can I tell you? I’m a solution oriented kid. As a documentary, two stars. As social activism, three.