Remote Area Medical (2014)



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During the U.S. debate about healthcare reform, the media-reporters and news crews and filmmakers-failed to put a human face on what it means to not have access to healthcare. This documentary fills that gap-it is a film about people, not policy. Focusing on a single three-day clinic held in the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, this film affords us an insider's perspective on the ebb and flow of the event-from the tense 3:30 a.m. ticket distribution that determines who gets seen to the routine check-ups that take dramatic turns for the worse, to the risky means to which some patients resort for pain relief. We meet a doctor who also drives an 18-wheeler, a denture maker who moonlights as a jeweler, and the organization's founder, Stan Brock, who first imagined Remote Area Medical while living as a cowboy in the Amazon rainforest, hundreds of miles from the nearest doctor. But it is the extraordinary stories of the patients, desperate for medical attention, that create a lasting impression about the state of modern health care in America.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Cinedigm Entertainment


Critic Reviews for Remote Area Medical

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

The filmmakers inspire deep admiration for the volunteers, but without reducing the patients to mere victims of our broken welfare system.

Full Review… | January 12, 2015
Chicago Reader
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This deeply compassionate, quietly furious documentary ... highlights, in dramatic detail, the woeful lack of medical care available to residents of one Appalachian community-and, by extension, to many Americans.

Full Review… | December 7, 2014
New Yorker
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From these subjects, you find out all you need to know in order to appreciate the magnitude of what RAM is doing, and the scope of the crisis affecting the rural poor.

Full Review… | December 5, 2014
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Although the documentary can feel like a volunteer instructional video at times, the faces on those who have fallen through the cracks in the system speak volumes.

Full Review… | December 4, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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"Remote Area Medical" is an incredibly tragic movie. It's also an important one, reminding viewers that America is more than its coasts and cities. There are corners of the country we all too easily forget.

Full Review… | December 4, 2014
Washington Post
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Stirringly conveys how a truly productive healthcare system-one that seriously addresses the ailments of the needy-would prize compassion, efficiency, and availability as highly as it does profit.

Full Review… | December 3, 2014
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Remote Area Medical


While, it was cool that I was able to meet the director of the film and the message that it got across was crucial for American's to see, Remote Area Medical is lacking. It's poorly shot and aesthetically a nightmare. There's not quite enough movement in the plot to make it worth watching again. Just a mediocre documentary.

Samuel Hunter
Samuel Hunter

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