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Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma (2008)





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Documentarist Patrick Reed's Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma creates a biographical portrait of Orbinski, former head of the non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders and one of the most ardent social crusaders to work in Third World African countries during the late 20th century. Triage visits Dr. Orbinski at a point when this physician - amid the completion of his memoirs - returns to the countries of his life's work, including Rwanda, Somalia, and Congo, to evaluate the status quo in each locale. As memories of deplorable conditions and grave personal dangers come flooding back to haunt the physician, his current findings are even more sobering and challenging: today, the countries have worsened, elevating the need for social activism. Nevertheless, Orbinski feels encouraged by the individuals who continue to strive for improved conditions, and issues a not-so-subtle plea for westerners to assume social responsibility and become involved at all costs with alleviating the plight of their African neighbors. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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I encourage anyone to see this documentary, it casts a stark look at the genocide that occurred in Somalia and begs the question how can events like this still happen in today's society?

Kevin "The Ninja"

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[28th Atlantic Film Festival] Wow. There are powerful documentaries, and then there is Triage. Dr. James Orbinski, Nobel Peace Prize winner, essentially narrates and comments on his life as a humanitarian doctor. A man who was in the heart of some of the lowest moments in human civilization in the past century; his descriptions of the genocide in Rwanda were particularly striking. You just can't look away. Orbinski tries to bring attention to the continuing plight in these areas of the world which continues to go unnoticed. You can just see how shaken the man is by the events in his life at times, and hearing these stories is just completely surreal. His message he is working so far on just gets lost at times at the unimaginable horrors humanity is capable of. Truly an awesome film you won't be able to forget.

Curt C
Curt C

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Dr Orbinski's humanitarian efforts in genocide-stricken Somalia and Zaire are the basis for his documentary, which aired at Sundance '08. The relationships he's forged with patients in need, fellow physicians, NGO ambassadors and fallen comrades are very genuine. So many scenes of impoverished families and exposed bloodshed make the film quite serious in tone, requiring a stern sense of maturity (not for kids). His kind-hearted endeavours have saved millions of lives, earning him the Nobel Peace Prize in '99, while continuing to head the MSF (Doctors Without Borders). He even comments on former US Presidents George HW Bush and Bill Clinton, painting them as duplicitous figureheads, due to their neglect and mistreatment of warring-Africa.

Kevin M
Kevin M

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