Bending the Arc Reviews

  • Nov 08, 2017

    While Partners in Health has done amazing work for the medical communities in rural areas and significant work overall for Global Health, this documentary takes on a heavy handed and slanted view of events surrounding Paul Farmers and PiH's work. Casting broad strokes of hero vs villain in a manner that doesn't illustrate the complexity of situations. The movie takes an aggressive stance against people in the scientific community who are posing questions, which are very legitimate, about their work and results. This process means that results are not taken at face value, but need to be verified and repeated. This process is critical and important, but is instead these scientists are cast as villains. While I appreciate and admire Paul Farmer's and Partners in Health's work, this felt pandering and biased and tunnel-visioned.

    While Partners in Health has done amazing work for the medical communities in rural areas and significant work overall for Global Health, this documentary takes on a heavy handed and slanted view of events surrounding Paul Farmers and PiH's work. Casting broad strokes of hero vs villain in a manner that doesn't illustrate the complexity of situations. The movie takes an aggressive stance against people in the scientific community who are posing questions, which are very legitimate, about their work and results. This process means that results are not taken at face value, but need to be verified and repeated. This process is critical and important, but is instead these scientists are cast as villains. While I appreciate and admire Paul Farmer's and Partners in Health's work, this felt pandering and biased and tunnel-visioned.

  • Nov 02, 2017

    Powerful, uplifting, inspiring

    Powerful, uplifting, inspiring

  • Oct 28, 2017

    Amazing Must See documentary!!!!!

    Amazing Must See documentary!!!!!

  • Oct 07, 2017

    Just watched this with some of my fellow nursing students. Unbelievable! Just what I needed for inspirational break during a long weekend of studying.

    Just watched this with some of my fellow nursing students. Unbelievable! Just what I needed for inspirational break during a long weekend of studying.

  • Oct 03, 2017

    Just saw this last night in Spokane, WA at the Magic Lantern. Life changing, literally. Don't miss it.

    Just saw this last night in Spokane, WA at the Magic Lantern. Life changing, literally. Don't miss it.

  • Jan 24, 2017

    This documentary is the product of 11 years of painstaking work and a whole lot of funding from some powerful Hollywood voices. The effect of this determined effort was reflected on the tear stained faces of almost every audience member at it's Sundance premier. To be clear, Bending the Arc is not an indie doc. Complete with well scripted voice overs, slick transitions and a dynamite score, this feels like a big budget doc, done exceptionally well. Whether familiar with Kidder's wonderful book or not, this is a documentary everyone should see.

    This documentary is the product of 11 years of painstaking work and a whole lot of funding from some powerful Hollywood voices. The effect of this determined effort was reflected on the tear stained faces of almost every audience member at it's Sundance premier. To be clear, Bending the Arc is not an indie doc. Complete with well scripted voice overs, slick transitions and a dynamite score, this feels like a big budget doc, done exceptionally well. Whether familiar with Kidder's wonderful book or not, this is a documentary everyone should see.