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Independent Lens (2006)

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Knightsbridge International is a charitable organization with a difference. Founded and operated by Ed Artis, Jim Laws, and Walt Ratterman, three Americans who are also members of the Knights of the Order of Malta (a religious and fraternal organization whose motto translates as "Defense of the Faith and Assistance in Time of Suffering"), Knightsbridge International brings needed food, medicine, and other supplies to poor and desperate people in some of the most dangerous places on Earth. On top of frequently flying into places devastated by natural disasters or caught in the midst of war, Artis, Laws, and Ratterman receive no compensation for their time-consuming and sometimes risky work. Operating through private donations, Knightsbridge doesn't even take expense money for its work, and purposely focuses its energies on places where other charitable organizations are afraid to go. Beyond the Call is a documentary which profiles the three unlikely heroes behind Knightsbridge International and follows them on some of their missions of mercy. Beyond the Call received its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

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You walk away wishing the filmmaker had channeled the guts he showed in crossing dangerous borders with his subjects into asking them tough and insightful questions

May 5, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine
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Though it's not the most technically or narratively proficient piece, the film's compelling subjects can't help but inspire, even if we're not always privy to what truly drives them or how their family lives have been affected.

April 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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You walk out of Beyond the Call admiring these humanitarians but not the movie about them -- unless you like films with lots of hugging.

April 17, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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The scenery is marvelous, but Belic is a bit too admiring of his subjects.

December 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film is a pointed lesson in 'every little bit helps.'

November 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's impossible not to admire the protags' can-do spirit.

November 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Variety
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