Every Last Child


Every Last Child

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Taking place on the front line of the current polio crisis in Pakistan, this film is a story of sacrifice, determination and sorrow in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence. A few years ago, polio persisted in only three countries and the number of victims was steadily decreasing. However, when the Taliban issued a ban against the polio vaccination, and attacked vaccinators, Pakistan's campaign was ruined. Today families and healthcare workers are in the cross hairs of politics and bloodshed as they attempt to protect against polio. Once at the brink of eradication, the disease is again a global threat with Pakistan at the center of the spread. This documentary follows its subjects; a medical specialist, a vaccinator, a vaccination skeptic, an adult polio victim and a sick child. Through their vivid stories we are drawn in to the search for a solution to this devastating disease. Will these everyday heroes succeed and end polio, or will another young generation be at risk?

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  • The documentary is more hopeful than most issue-based movies, which educate the audience about a major dilemma and then call it a day.

    Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film couldn't be more timely and germane for the American audience. If it weren't a documentary, it would seem like a post-apocalyptic allegory of our own vaccination debate.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Provocative and hard-hitting, Every Last Child is a chilling reminder that even diseases once thought eradicated are still capable of rearing their ugly heads as a result of ignorance and prejudice.

    Jun 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Grim but worthwhile, this documentary on the war against polio in Pakistan often recalls our own anti-vaxer movement, with needlessly sickened children the depressing commonality.

    Jun 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This harrowing - yet nonetheless inspiring - documentary looks at the myriad hurdles in the fight to eradicate polio from Pakistan.

    Jun 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • These wrenching stories humanize the stakes of a health initiative that found itself and its employees at risk from a toxic mix of politics, propaganda and terrorism.

    Jun 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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