Bending the Arc

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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.


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  • For proof that hope and determination make a difference, pessimists and cynics need look no further than Bending the Arc.

    Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a rousing, feel-good story about overcoming barriers, even when the challenges - poverty, lack of medical access - are inherently bleak.

    Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The archival footage, the impassioned interviews, and the inspiring story of how warriors for solutions can overcome entrenched views on poverty and health, make for something genuinely stirring.

    Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…
  • [Dr. Farmer's] quiet outrage over the widely-held assumption that it's futile to treat the global poor drives this story, which is finally as much about the triumph of a philosophy as of medicine.

    Oct 5, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Although the treacly soundtrack overpunches on the sentiment at times, this is undeniably moving stuff - especially scenes where some of the doctors see footage of patients they helped save, still very much alive and thriving today.

    Aug 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For anyone who wants to believe in the promise of Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote "the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice," a film like "Bending the Arc" is downright inspiring.

    Apr 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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